Image description
Image description

Launching The Abingdon Anthology, as part of my residency at Abingdon School.

Image description

EVENTS


I like to get out and about. Below you'll see a list of forthcoming events. If you would like me to appear at your bookshop, book club, library, school or festival please get in touch. At the bottom of the page is a link to previous events I've done that might give you an idea of the sort of things I enjoy. For school visits (including my position as Writer-in-Residence at Abingdon School), scroll to the bottom of this page.



FORTHCOMING EVENTS:


TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER: THE NEW BOOKSHOP, COCKERMOUTH

It's been two years since I first visited The New Bookshop in Cockermouth, and I had such a great time that I can't wait to return this autumn. Naturally, I'll be talking about my new novel but I might just give them a little taster of what I'm currently working on too, as it's set locally. 

The New Bookshop, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CL13 9LQ. 7.30pm. For more details.



FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER: WATERSTONES PICCADILLY, LONDON

Savage Ending: Fiction and the fall of Nazi Germany

I’ll be talking about the rise and fall of the Third Reich and its portrayal in fiction with Ben Fergusson (The Spring of Kasper Meier), William Ryan (The Constant Soldier) and Jane Thynne (Faith and Beauty). We’ll discuss our versions of life inside Nazi Germany from a variety of narrative angles, ask where the line between fact and fiction lies, and how novels can help us to understand the repercussions of Europe’s darkest hour. Waterstones Piccadilly, London. 7pm. FREE but please reserve your place.



MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER: CHISWICK LITERARY FESTIVAL

Savage Continent: Fiction and the fall of Nazi Germany. 

Join four historical novelists as they talk about the end of the Third Reich and its portrayal in fiction. I'll be joined by Ben Fergusson (The Spring of Kasper Meier), William Ryan (The Constant Soldier), Jane Thynne (Faith and Beauty) and, together, we will be looking at the demise of Germany at the end of World War Two and its portrayal in fictionChaired by Festival Director Torin Douglas.

Chiswick Library, Duke’s Avenue, W4 2AB, £3, £1.50 for Library members. 6.30pm
Book tickets. 



THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER: TOPPINGS, BATH

Having recently moved to Bath I'm thrilled to be at my new local independent bookshop, the wonderful Toppings. I'll be talking about my new paperback Devastation Road, the portrayal of war in fiction, and the terrible aftermath of Europe's darkest hour, and, on hopefully a lighter note, I'll also be answering your questions and chatting about future plans.

Toppings, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS. 8.00pm £5. Book tickets. 



MONDAY 10 OCTOBER: KENSINGTON LIBRARY 

Savage Continent: Fiction and the fall of Nazi Germany. 

William Ryan (The Constant Soldier), Jane Thynne (Faith and Beauty) and I are joined by Michael Ridpath (Shadows of War) to discuss the end of the Third Reich and its portrayal in fiction.

Kensington Central Library, London. 6.30-7.45pm. FREE. 

For more information and to reserve your seat.



WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER: COMPASS THEATRE, HILLINGDON

War and the Writer.

War and the drama of conflict has inspired countless writers through the ages. What makes war such a compelling subject for novelists, and how do authors discover new angles to explore? Four authors (Lissa Evans, Crooked Heart, Juliet West, Before the Fall, Alison Layland, Someone Else's Conflict, and Jason Hewitt, Devastation Road) - all members of the Prime Writers group of novelists - share their experiences of writing about twentieth century conflicts, from World War One to the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Chaired by Antonia Honeywell. 

Compass Theatre, Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, Middlesex, UB10 8PD, 7.30-9.00pm, £5. To book tickets and for more details. 





SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY VISITS:


'Brilliant...  relevant as well as engaging.  Jason had a natural ease in front of an audience and was an absolute hit!' - Feltham Community College


I have recently completed two terms as a writer-in-residence at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, where I held a series of workshops and worked with students and teachers across the whole school to create an anthology of stories. Click here for images and details from the official anthology launch.


'The impact of this project has been huge... I would wholeheartedly recommend Jason to any school... He had a lovely, positive, approachable manner with the workshop participants. His workshops were meticulously planned, and he gave excellent, rigorous but encouraging individual feedback...' - Abingdon School


Follow the links for:


Other recent school/university visits include:

  • A Level English Literature talk at Feltham College, London. Click here for a testimonial from the school.
  • Visiting talk to MA Creative Writing students at Bath Spa Univerity
  • A Creative Careers acting and playwriting workshop at Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge. See press coverage
  • A Level English Literature talk for Sarum Academy, Salisbury. Click here or on the article on the left for press coverage.

I am available for bespoke visits for GCSE, A Level, and university classes, workshops and talks. For more information please contact me via my Contact page.