Josephine Cox returns to Blackburn to celebrate her 50th novel

Blackburn author Josephine Cox is hosting a drop-in session at the town’s central library on Thursday, February 13. Her visit to her home town coincides with the publication of her 50th book, The Runaway Woman.

The award-winning author is meeting a group of school children from 10.30am until 12pm, then hosting an informal drop-in session meeting her fans from 12.00 until 1pm. Booking is not essential. Just turn up on the day.

She will also be appearing at an exclusive “Audience with” event on the same day at the Thwaites’ Empire Theatre in aid of local charity Child Action Northwest, of which she is patron. Tickets for this event can be purchased online from the theatre website

Josephine Cox was born in Blackburn, one of ten children.  At the age of sixteen,  she met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons.

When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at university but was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home. Instead, she went into teaching — and started to write her first full-length novel.

She won the ‘Superwoman of Great Britain’ Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.

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