Gliterary Lunches first launched in 2006. Sisters, Sibh & Beth wanted to bring together their favourite things and share them with like-minded people.

Always keen readers, both joined book clubs when their children were small. They quickly realised that not only were these gatherings great fun, they opened the door to new friendships and introduced them to new writers. It was noticeable too, that nearly all the members were women and that this seemed to be the pattern elsewhere. When a friend made a throw away comment about how hard it was to entertain female clients, an idea started to form.

Sibh had worked for London publishers and developed a career in marketing. Beth was a PR specialist with extensive experience in managing events. Together they mobilised their contacts and harnessed the enthusiastic support of friends to create the first Gliterary Lunch in Edinburgh at the Jam House featuring Orange Prize listed Jill Dawson and Whitebread Prize judge Mary Loudon. 120 people attended.

Several years on Gliterary Lunches has hosted over 80 sell out events in several cities across the UK, featuring some of our best contemporary writers. We are grateful to our loyal, regular attendees and love welcoming the new faces we see at each event.

Great books, lovely food, interesting venues, interesting people – and of course, a glass or two of fizz remain the vital ingredients of a Gliterary Lunch.

Now you can join one of these wonderful lunches. The Leeds event takes place on 18th May at the Met Hotel from 12 noon to 3pm.

Guest authors are Jodie Chapman and Rebecca Wait.

Jodie Chapman is an exciting new voice in fiction. Jodie spent twelve years working as a photographer before returning to witing, her first love. Her debut, Another Life was selected as a BBC2 Behind the Covers pick and was praised by writers and reviewers alike. While not autobiographical, the central character was influenced by Jodie’s own experience of being raised as a Jehovah’s witness and leaving the faith. Jodie lives in Kent with her husband and three sons. Oh Sister is her second novel.

Rebecca Wait grew up in Oxfordshire. Alongside her writing she teaches in a London secondary school. She has written for the New Statesman, Independent and The Pool on subjects as diverse as suicide, cults and autism and has appeared on Woman’s Hour. Her previous novels, The View on the Way Down, The Followers and Our Fathers attracted widespread praise.

Join Yorkshire Businesswoman at the Leeds event by reserving your place here