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5 female authors from Kent

To mark International women’s day, the Canterbury Hub looks at 5 famous female authors from Kent to familiarise yourself with and enjoy.

Lesley Cookman, Whitstable

At a young age, Lesley has loved writing and reading so it isn’t surprising that she grew up to become a writer, even though she has modelled, been an air stewardess and a disc jockey! She has written short fictions and features for a variety of magazines and taught Kent Adult Education and the WEA. Lesley is also a member of the Romantic Novelist Association, the Society of authors and the Crime Writers Association.

Books you may know by her: Murder in Steeple Martin, Murder at the Laurels and Murder in the Monastery.

Alexandra Brown, Tunbridge Wells

Alex worked in financial services for many years until she won a competition to write a column for The London Paper. After this, she left the coporate world for good. From one column to hundreds, she started writing short stories and articles for magazines like Prima and Cosmopolitan. In 2014, she was signed to HarperCollins.

Books you may know by her:  Cupcakes by Carrington, The Great Christmas Knit Off and A Postcard from Italy.

Jayne Seaman, Maidstone

Her first short story was published at 14 and has many other achievements to follow. 30 teenage novels, over 200 short stories, poems and articles have been translated into 9 different languages. She is an award winning writer, an NAWE member and a qualified writing coach.

Books you may know by her: Transitions, Beware of the Horse and Hoofbeats

Jane Wenham-Jones, Broadstairs

Jane began her writing career in 1995 and has published non fiction articles and columns. Short stories and novels. In her most known book “Wannabe a Writer”, She coined the term ‘Writers Bottom’. She is a member of Equity and has presented for both BBC Radio Kent and BBC’s The Politics Show.

Books you may know by her: Wannabe a writer, The Big Five O and One glass is never enough.

Elaine Everest, North West Kent

The best selling author grew up listening to stories of the war at home. She grew up in Erith which are where many of her best selling stories are set. She has written for magazines and has been a freelance writer for the last 23 years.

Books you may know by her: A Mother Forever, Teashop Girls and Woolworth Girls.

This is our 5  famous female authors from Kent, what about yours?

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