A new set of novelists for the forthcoming edition of the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival was announced last month by the Gibraltar Government.

Giselle Green; Paula Byrne; John Bentley; Horatio Clare; historian Bettany Hughes; artist Barbara Rae have all been added to the prestigious list of authors taking part.

Giselle Green was born in Chiswick UK in 1960, but lived in Gibraltar since the age of seven, when her family relocated to the Rock. An award-winning, contemporary women’s fiction author, she enjoys creating emotionally-gripping story-lines about family and relationships.

Her latest novel ‘Dear Dad’ has been described as a heart-warming love story that develops when a determined nine-year-old desperately tries to find his father.

Paula Byrne’s most recent book is a biography of Kathleen Kennedy, sister of former United States President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated.

Before this, Paula wrote the tie-in book to the period drama film, ‘Belle’. She has also published an innovative biography called ‘The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things’.
Paula’s first top ten bestseller was ‘Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson’, the story of the 18th century actress, poet, and royal mistress (1757-1800).

John Bentley’s debut novel ‘The Royal Secret’ is a mystery thriller centred round a modern day woman’s search for a famous and extraordinary Elizabethan, a quest which unravels not just his secret life and love, but also the influence of Freemasonry and the Templars in modern day political events.

Horatio Clare has written two memoirs, the bestselling ‘Running for the Hills’ based on his childhood experiences, and ‘Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope’, a novella, ‘The Prince’s Pen’, and two works of travel and nature writing.

In 2015 he published ‘Orison for A Curlew’, a combination of travel and nature writing, and an acclaimed children’s book, ‘Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot’.

The festival will run from 20 to 23 of this month in what is undoubtedly one of the highlights in Gibraltar’s calendar for those who enjoy reading on the Rock.