Launch: SNEGUROCHKA by Judith Heneghan & conversation with Claire Fuller
25 April @ 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
Please join us for the launch of Judith Heneghan’s debut novel SNEGUROCHKA. Judith will be joined in conversation by Claire Fuller.
Kiev 1992. Rachel, a troubled young English mother, joins her journalist husband on his first foreign posting in the city. Terrified of the apartment’s balcony, she develops obsessive rituals to keep their baby safe. Her difficulties expose her to a disturbing endgame between the elderly caretaker and a local racketeer who sends a gift that surely comes at a price. Rachel is isolated yet culpable with her secrets and estrangements. As consequences bear down she seeks out Zoya, her husband’s fixer, and the boy from upstairs who watches them all.
Judith Heneghan is a writer and lecturer. After working as a commissioning editor she spent several years in Ukraine and Russia in the 1990s with her young family before settling in Winchester. She has written books for children including STONECIPHER and numerous nonfiction titles, edited a volume of first-hand accounts from asylum seekers and refugees called THIS IS MY HOME NOW, and worked for five years as director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival. A senior lecturer in Creative Writing, she also leads the two creative writing MAs at the University of Winchester. SNEGUROCHKA is her first novel for adults. She is currently working on a second, set in the Catskills region of upstate New York.
Claire Fuller is the author of three novels: Bitter Orange, Swimming Lessons and Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. She has also won prizes for her short stories and flash fiction, including the Royal Academy/Pin Drop Prize and the BBC’s Opening Lines short story competition.