Lara is a writer based in Manchester. She has published fiction on McSweeney’s, Metazen and Litro and non-fiction, essays and comment pieces for The Guardian, NME and the Manchester Evening News. She is a graduate of The Manchester Writing School. She formerly played drums for the band Pins and works in Digital Media. Her debut collection of short stories, Treats, was published by Freight in March 2016 and will be published under the title And So it Begins by Flatiron Books in the US.
'What a wonderful collection. Very smart and VERY funny. A stunning mix of measured wisdom and raw emotion. There's also a real sense that these stories - beautiful in their own right - belong together. I loved the connection between them, and the way ideas were subtle and steadily developed from beginning to end.' - Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
'Lara Williams is a seriously impressive writer, and judging by her first short story collection, she is going to write some more things in the future that will really go KA-POW. [...] The title story reminded me of something Katherine Mansfield might have written, if she lived in a world with iPhones and Topshop.' - The Huffington Post
'The Skinny's literary discovery of 2016 so far, it may well remain so by year's end.' - The Skinny
'[Treats is] a glorious collection of linked stories about 20s something life in the 21st century that casts a sharp yet compassionate eye over falling in love, breaking up, friendship and work. Treats is Williams' first book and I can't wait for her to write another.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist