Book Launch


Join us on Saturday July 1st at Bradford Literature Festival to celebrate the publication of my debut novel and discuss the life & work of Andrea Dunbar.

The event features Michael Stewart, Claire MacDonald and George Costigan. Rita, Sue and Bob Too will be screened at NMM earlier in the day if you fancy a trip down memory lane. Look out for a new edition of the film (and making of documentary called Having a Ball) from the BFI in May.


Here’s the info:

Andrea Dunbar the Writer

Saturday, 1st July 2017 | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Bradford City Hall Chamber

Andrea Dunbar began writing her play The Arbor at the age of fifteen. Just 3 years later it premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre, and was later extended and performed in New York. Her 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too has become a Northern cult classic. Andrea’s life was short and troubled, but also very productive, and her honest depictions of life on a run-down Bradford estate have made her one of Yorkshire’s most inspirational writers.

We are delighted to welcome actor George Costigan (Bob) to talk about his experiences acting in Rita, Sue and Bob Too, one of the most controversial films of the 80’s which was both set and shot in Bradford.

Revd. Dr. Claire MacDonald will reflect on her time spent with Dunbar at Keighley Women’s Aid, and writer Adelle Stripe will discuss her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, which was inspired by Dunbar’s extraordinary life and works.

This event will examine how Dunbar captured the humour, humanity, and hope of some of Bradford’s most deprived areas, without shying away from the problems they faced.

Click here for further information & tickets

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