Afternoon Tea with Paul Torday Prize Winner 2023 Bonnie Garmus

  • Grab a cuppa and get to know American author and 2023 Paul Torday Memorial Prize winner Bonnie Garmus. Bonnie will be in conversation with children’s writer Piers Torday to discuss her work and career and to offer a glimpse into her creative routine.


  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Piers Torday (2 mins)
  • Introduction to Bonnie Garmus and a glimpse into her creative routine (15-25 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10-15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Aine Pullan – Prizes and Awards Manager, SoA


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Aine Pullan on with ‘Bonnie Garmus – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-up

Bonnie Garmus

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, in the US and abroad, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open water swimmer, rower, and mother of two incredible daughters. Although Seattle is still home, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

In April 2022, her debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry, was published. It won the 2023 Paul Torday Memorial Prize and is being adapted to an Apple TV+ series.

Website: | Twitter: @BonnieGarmus | Instagram: @bonnie_garmus_author


Piers Torday

Piers’s books for children include The Last Wild series (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), There May Be a Castle, and The Lost Magician (Teach Primary Book Award). Books for adults include The Death of An Owl (with Paul Torday). Plays include The Box of Delights (Wilton’s/RSC), Christmas Carol, and The Child in the Snow (Wilton’s Music Hall.) He is co-founder of the Paul Torday Memorial Prize and Chair of the Society of Authors Sustainability Working Group. His latest book is The Wild Before.

Website: | Twitter: @pierstorday | Instagram: @piers_torday

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