Dr. Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a novelist, poet, literary critic and Lecturer of Creative Writing.


I really love Ashley Hickson-Lovence. He wrote an amazing book called The 392 and has recently released Your Show, which is fantastic.

Candice Carty-Williams
author of 'Queenie'

Ashley’s debut novel is The 392 was published by OWN IT! in 2019. His second novel Your Show, published by Faber in 2022, was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards. His third book, a young adult novel-in-verse called Wild East, was published by Penguin in 2024.

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Schools & Events

I have just been listening to my daughter talk about your visit to her school last week. Thank you for inspiring her so much.

King Ethelbert School, Kent

As a former English teacher and current university lecturer, Ashley has a wealth of experience delivering talks, workshops, presentations and assemblies to groups of all sizes and ages. Get in touch if you want Ashley to visit your school, college or university.

  • Assemblies + talks

    Delivered to any age group, of any size, Ashley’s engaging assemblies will keep students captivated throughout. Drawing on his personal experience coming from a single-parent working-class background, Ashley’s inspiration journey has the potential to be transformative.

  • Live readings with Q+A

    Extract readings from, all or either: THE 392, YOUR SHOW and WILD EAST that can be tailored to accommodate any age group, of any size.

  • Creative writing workshops

    Drawing on some of the themes from his work, Ashley can lead engaging and innovative Creative Writing workshops and sessions for those wanting to write stories with flair and without fear. Participants will find new ways to enrich and invigorate their creative efforts.

  • English department CPD sessions

    Ashley’s engaging and innovative CPD sessions intend to provide the practical tools needed for practitioners wanting to teach storytelling and foster young people’s confidence writing with flair and without fear. Participants will find new ways to enrich and invigorate their student’s creative efforts in and out of the classroom.

  • Book sellings + signings

    Ashley can sign copies of THE 392, YOUR SHOW and WILD EAST.

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