Book launch for Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life by Frances Bingham with Mia Farlane

Thank you so much to all of you who came to this Gay’s The Word book launch!
If you missed it 🎬 Watch YouTube recording of the book launch for Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life Handheld Press by Frances Bingham in conversation with Mia Farlane, on 13th May 2021.

Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life (Handheld Press, 2021) by Frances Bingham

I am grateful to author Frances Bingham for the opportunity to chat with her about the lesbian poet Valentine Ackland at this booked out GTW event, brilliantly hosted by poet, writer, GTW bookseller & DIVA books editor Erica Gillingham.
(PS I love the background – books by Valentine Ackland and artwork by Liz Matthews – behind Frances Bingham.)

Mia Farlane reads from her latest novel, Parallel Hell

Watch a preview reading from my latest novel, Parallel Hell, about a suicide-obsessed Londoner:

See 39.35 minutes into


With generous feedback from British Broadcaster journalist writer Bidisha, who described my debut novel as:
« Seinfeld meets Dorothy Parker »


Thank you to Ciarán Hodgers for asking me to read with Bidisha at this Writing on the Wall event. Thanks to Co-Director at Writing on the Wall, Madeline Henegan and to Bidisha for her reading and thoughtful feedback. The two other readers are Sunita Thind and Patrick Graham

Online UK/NZ Reading Wednesday 24 Feb 2021

This event was recorded:

Watch it here
or watch 2-minute teaser


Video editor Sarah D.

Authors Mia Farlane and Anne Goodwin in conversation

Wednesday 24 February at 7pm-7.40pm (GMT)

It is our pleasure to invite you to join two authors discussing and reading from their debut novels:
Anne Goodwin, author of Sugar and Snails (Inspired Quill, Polari Prize short-listed), and Mia Farlane author of Footnotes to Sex (Viking/Penguin Books UK).




Anne Goodwin’s debut novel, Sugar and Snails, about a woman who has kept her past identity a secret for thirty years, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize.

Sugar and Snails:

At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.

When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.

Throughout February, subscribers to her author newsletter can read Sugar and Snails for free:


Mia Farlane’s debut novel, Footnotes to Sex (Viking/Penguin Books UK), a tragi-comedy about not knowing what to do with your life, fandom & a flailing relationship, is described by Sarah Waters as ‘wonderfully impressive, subtle, smart and very funny’ and by Bidisha as ‘Seinfeld meets Dorothy Parker’.

Footnotes to Sex is set in two of Farlane’s favourite cities, London and Paris.  It is about a couple, May and Jansen, in a long-term relationship, and May’s attempts to start a PhD on Francine Brion, a French intellectual she admires.  Footnotes to Sex was praised in The Observer for its ‘keen emotional intelligence.’

Footnotes to Sex (Penguin Books UK) is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Introducing the first page of my first novel …

Here is a short video of me reading from the first page of my first novel (Viking/Penguin Books UK), a tragi-comedy about not knowing what to do with your life, fandom & a flailing relationship. It’s set in London and Paris.

To watch the rest of this video please join my Mia Farlane – author Facebook page (where settings allow longer videos to be posted).

Footnotes is available as paperback + eBook

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On not writing and writing

‘Ce sentiment de culpabilité que vous traînez depuis trois jours, pour n’avoir pas écrit une seule ligne sera l’étincelle qui fera repartir la machine.’

‘This feeling of guilt that you’ve been dragging around for three days, for not having written a single line, will be the spark that will get you writing again.’

Journal d’un écrivain en pyjama (Grasset, 2013) by Dany Laferrière – page 89

I like this line about not writing – and writing.

On writing

‘I am a bad philosopher; I just want to disturb – make you sleep poorly – and then disappear.’
(A. M. Homes on her writing.)

Just back from ‘A. M. Homes in Conversation with Jeanette Winterson’ at the QEH at London’s Southbank Centre.
Looking forward to reading her short story collection Days of Awe (Granta Books, 2018)

Cette collection n’est pas encore traduite en français, mais en attendant, vous pouvez lire de la même auteure: Puissions-nous être pardonnés, roman (trad. de l’américain par Yoann Gentric, Actes Sud, 2015).