Writers & Artists recently teamed up with AUB to host a writing and publishing workshop on Saturday 28th April.

The event took place on campus and included a two-hour workshop with one of three professional writers, panel discussions with leading publishers and literary agents, and networking opportunities for current BA (Hons) Creative Writing students and members of the public.

The event was opened by Dean of the Faculty of Media and Performance, Dr. Mary Oliver. The Chair of the event, Alysoun Owen, then gave an insightful talk into the publishing sector and the role that publishers play in the industry.

Alysoun is a publisher with over 20 years’ experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook for five years.

Workshops were given by the following authors and industry professionals:

Natasha PulleyWriter in Residence at Gladstone’s Library, associate lecturer at Bath Spa University and panel tutor at the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. Her first novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, was an international bestseller, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.

Nell Stevens is currently researching a Ph.D. in Victorian literature at King’s College London. She was a finalist in the 2011 Elle magazine Writing Talent Contest, and a runner-up in both the 2014 Mslexia Memoir Competition and the 2015 Mslexia Short Story Prize. Her debut book Bleaker House was published in 2017.

Kayo Chingonyi has been invited to read from his work around the world and his poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Swedish. He was awarded the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and served as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus and is currently shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize 2017.

Mark Richards started his career at Fourth Estate, before moving to John Murray in 2013. He is the fiction publisher there, and his authors include Andrew Michael Hurley, Lisa McInerney, Mick Herron and Jessie Greengrass. He started the JM Originals list in 2015, which has a particular focus on debut writers.

Emma Paterson has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Gender Studies and Critical Theory, and is currently the Treasurer of the Association of Authors’ Agents. She represents literary novelists, journalists and writers of narrative nonfiction.

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