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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Twins going places...

The stars of the recent Salem Literary Weekend, held in the much-haunted Salem Chapel in East Budleigh, East Devon, were identical twins  C L Raven, who came along  to give a talk about their writing careers and to read from their latest novel-in-progress, Bleeding Empire.

They entertained a full house of readers and writers and at the end of their talk the crime novelist Graham Hurley stood up and said it was a privilege to be upstaged by two such fantastic writers.

The twins are having a good year. Back in March, their novel was long-listed for the first Exeter Novel Prize and is currently with an agent. The reaction of the audience this weekend suggests Bleeding Empire has a great future and that Terry Pratchett has at least two natural heiresses now.

So well done, C L Raven - we're all expecting great things of you!

No pressure, then...

Above is a photograph of the twins with literary agent Broo Doherty and novelist Sophie Duffy at the Exeter Novel Prize awards ceremony in March.

You can read more about the twins' day in haunted East Devon on their blog at http://clraven.wordpress.com/, in which they reveal how they were treated by the elements in the West Country. Well, it's very green here, and that's a clue! But, in spite of being rained on rather excessively, they seem to have had a great day.


  1. Sounds like a fantastic afternoon. C L Raven are a name to watch!

  2. Thank you Margaret! It was great to see you, Cathie and Sophie again. We're still in shock everyone seemed to enjoy our reading. We spoke way too fast! We were beginning to regret agreeing to go last - we had tough acts to follow. It was a fantastic day and we're looking forwards to next year's festival.

  3. You were both, without doubt, the stars of the day on Sunday. Everyone loved you and your reading. Do you remember the lady who read my excerpts? Audrey told me this morning you were her favourites, and she is in her '80s! How's that for a fan club.
    Thank you CL Raven, for coming all that way, to the ghostly Salem Chapel, and wowing us all! Rosy x

  4. This sounds like a great festival - love that it was in a haunted chapel. I enjoy reading about CL Raven in Writers News - thanks for the reminder to check out their books!

  5. C L Raven are great - their darkly hilarious writing is well worth checking out.

  6. We all hope you're keeping busy, ladies! More stories soon, please!