Featured Author



Rebel's Way - a book by Gwyneth Francis

Debbie will tell us about her memoir, Midowed: A Mother’s Grief, and offer copies for sale. Admission Free!

When Debbie’s 15-year-old son Dan was killed by a speeding driver in May 2018, her world fell apart. Turning to the solitude of memories and the company of her dog, Debbie penned a journal to help cope with sorrow.

Midowed combines these journal entries with reflections on Dan’s short but brilliant existence, bringing him to life on the page, his voice never far away. Exploring parenthood, friendships, organ donation and finding unexpected love, Midowed, at its heart, celebrates the joyous bond between a mother and son.

Debbie Enever is a graduate of the university of Manchester’s Creative Writing MA. Her debut work – Midowed – was long listed for the Bridport Memoir Prize 2022. She describes herself as a Northern nomad having grown up and lived mainly around Glossop and Manchester, with stints in West and South Yorkshire. In 2024, Debbie will also be launching the Bereaved Parents’ Club podcast, which seeks to share stories and offer support and advice to those navigating the devastating world of child loss.

Are You An Author? Do you live in or near Glossopdale?

Would you like an opportunity to present your books to an audience and offer them for sale?

We’re planning to run regular monthly sessions, probably Thursday evenings in Glossop Labour Club, each devoted to ONE author. If you think you’d like to participate, please contact us at hello@glossopbookfest.co.uk.

We’ll ask for a small donation (£5) towards the cost of room hire – we choose the Labour Club because hire costs are fairly low. (The BookFest has no political affiliations!)