Past Events:

25 October 2019

Waverton Good Read Award For Best Debut Novel

11 June 2019

“Le rendez-vous des Héroïnes” by POCKET

At Salon de thé BONTEMPS – rue de Bretagne dans le 3e, Paris

With debut authors Claire Norton et Maude Mihami.

Alderney Literary Festival

29-31 March 2019

Debut Author for White Chrysanthemum:

…fresh research shedding new light on Korean comfort women during the Japanese Occupation.

@alderneylit @visitalderney @GuernseyArts

Wednesday, 28 November @7pm


A discussion with author Mary Lynn Bracht

The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group that explores various themes and topics relating to that month’s chosen book. We will read White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht.

Event Date: 28 November, 19.00-21.00

Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK

Entrance Free – Booking Essential

Apply to or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Sunday 11th November.

The booking system utilises a lottery based programme that picks names at random, once the final selection has been drawn we will send you an e-mail regarding the result of the selection.

Available Seats: 35

You can pick up a copy of the book from the Korean Cultural Centre UK, once you have received your confirmation e-mail.


Thursday, 6 December 2018 @6:30pm
Mary Lynn Bracht poster

Saturday 22 September, 3 – 4pm


Join me at the Milton Keynes Literary Festival where I’ll be talking about my book and answering reader questions. The new paperbacks will be on sale. Come and say hi!

Milton Keynes Lit Fest was set up in 2017 to promote and celebrate all things literary, bookish or wordy.  The Lit Fest Steering Group brings together arts and education professionals and enthusiasts who share a love of books, words, writing, speaking and thinking.  We are a small team with big ambitions, and we are especially grateful to our wonderful volunteers who help us get the show on the road.

This year we are back with an even more ambitious programme, working with new Festival partners and venues to bring a cornucopia of the finest contemporary writing to the city. Come and hear favourite authors, discover new writers or become an author yourself by joining one of our workshops.

We have put together a packed programme of events with something for everyone: novelists, biographers, storytellers, a literary salon, short story writers, journalists, and poets. So put down your book, uncuddle your Kindle and join us for MK Lit Fest 2018.

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 7:00pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival



Heartbreaking family sagas are played out against the backdrop of social revolution in the nail-biting historical dramas by Mary Lynn Bracht and Wu Ming-Yi. Set in Korea, Bracht’s White Chrysanthemum features two sisters suddenly separated by war while Wu’s The Stolen Bicycle has a novelist tracking the mystery behind his father’s disappearance when he was a boy.

Vote for White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht n the First Book Award.

Location: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Arrive to the venue early for a reading from Freedom from Torture:


Every survivor of torture has different needs. Freedom from Torture offers counselling and therapeutic creative writing services in centres across the UK. Today’s writing reflects ideas of sisterhood and female rights and comes from Freedom from Torture survivors. Reading the work are Mary Lynn Bracht and Antti Tuomainen.

Part of our Freedom and Equality series of events.

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, 5:30-6:15pm

FREE: Tickets available from the Box Office on the day of the event

Saturday, 14 July 2018, 9:30am

BeaconLit Festival: New Voices

A chance to hear from three of this year’s hottest new authors.
Mary Lynn Bracht, Lydia Syson, Vicky Newham
Moderator: Dave Sivers

Brookmead School, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, UK

Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 June, Saint-Maur en Poche

Join me at the Saint-Maur En Poche Literary Festival in France this weekend. I’ll be signing copies of Filles de la Mer on:

Saturday, 23 June from 14:30-16:30

Sunday, 24 June from 10:00-12:00

Where: Place des Marronniers, 94100 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

Saturday, 26 May 2018, 3-4PM

Litro World Series Summer Literary and Arts Festival

Focus: India & South Korea


Thursday, 26 April 2018, 7PM

Justice For Comfort Women UK

Join me for a Talk, Reading and Q&A at Deptford Does Art for their ‘Remembering Comfort Women’ art exhibition in collaboration with Justice for comfort women UK

Address: 28 Deptford High Street, SE8 4AF London

Tuesday, 6th February 2018 , 7pm – 8pm

I’m signing books at Foyles Bookshop Charing Cross for Vintage’s New Writers Evening.

Details/Registration below:

Pick up a slice of pizza and a drink as we settle down for a night of new literature with three up-and-coming authors as they discuss their process, the road to publication and what lies beyond.

We have teamed up with Vintage once again to offer you a showcase of some of the best new talent in fiction this year. Whether you’re a budding writer yourself or simply interested in the creative processes of others, the focus of the night is on discovering new voices in contemporary literature, providing insight into how these authors write and what it’s like to be an author at the start of your career.

Joining us on the night: Bristol based writer and award-winning journalist Emily Koch who, inspired by a life changing personal injury has written the highly anticipated psychological crime thriller If I Die Before I Wake; Imogen Hermes Gowar with her highly sought-after tale of sex, ambition and obsession set on the streets of Georgian London The Mermaid And Mrs. Hancock; and a riveting and heart-warming tale of sisterly love across ages set between the Japanese occupation of Korea and 2011, White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht.

The authors will be joined by host of the Vintage Podcast, journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark.

Tickets: Free reservation, includes a beer and a slice of pizza – register here!

Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Vintage Proof Party — 10 October 2017, 2:30

Join Caroline Sanderson as she introduces Vintage’s freshest new talent for 2018. Vintage seeks to publish some of the greatest writers and thinkers from around the world. Meet Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, the stunning debut novel about sex, ambition and obsession, set in Georgian London. Emily Koch will introduce her unforgettable, gripping debut mystery If I Die Before I Wake and Mary Lynn Bracht presents White Chrysanthemum, a riveting, redemptive debut about two sisters.