Breaking News. Getting published….

do you want to know how? Come along on 12 May to Clapham Book Festival’s session at 11 o’clock in Omnibus Theatre to find out.

Philip Gwyn Jones, UK editor of Scribe will be there to spill the beans on the book industry (see How to Get Published ).  Unfortunately agent Lucy Luck has had to pull out, but, in her stead we have the amazing Emma Darwin.

Emma, the great-great grand-daughter of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgewood, was born and brought up in London and now lives not so far away from Clapham ( ‘though we can’t quite classify her as a Clapham Writer ). Her first novel The Mathematics of Love (Headline Review 2006) was listed for the Commonwealth Writers and Goss First Novel awards, long listed for the Price Maurice Prize and the RNA Novel of the Year. The Times described it as “that rare thing; a book that works on every conceivable level.”  Her second novel, A Secret Alchemy (Headline 2008) reached the Times Bestseller list and was named as one of The Times Top 50 Paperbacks of 2009. The Daily Mail called it “powerful and convincing”, The Times “spell-binding”.

She has a doctorate in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths (UCL) and lectures for the Open University, as well as being a regular contributor to literary festivals and courses around the country, most notably York Festival of Writing, the Arvon Foundation and Writers Workshop (now Jericho Writers ) for which she co-formulated an on-line course in self-editing for writers ). Her blog, This Itch of Writing, deals  with everything from writing tools, technique and process to the ins and outs of the publishing industry and how a new writer might navigate through them.  I can thoroughly recommend her Tool-Kit, it brought back my days of teaching creative writing, many, many years ago. It’s free to access. She has also written Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction (John Murray, 2015).

Emma is also a regular at the Tea House Theatre for Words Away, a monthly salon for discussing writing and books, which takes place in Vauxhall. Another interesting incidental fact about her is that she is related to Sheridan LeFanu, famous Victorian writer of ghost and other uncanny tales. He is her great-great-great uncle on her mother’s side.  She sits on industry panels of editors and writers and offers one-to-one advice and mentoring, including identifying the market for your book.

This is where Philip’s expertise may help. In a long career in the industry with a variety of publishers, including Harper Collins, Granta and Portobello Books ( which he founded ) he has unrivalled experience. He currently buys both fiction and non-fiction as Editor-at-large for Scribe UK.

Emma and Philip will be at Omnibus Theatre to answer your questions about writing and how to get it published on 12 May at 11 am. Tickets cost £10/£8 concessions.

If you would like to read more about the Clapham Book Festival 2018 or its earlier editions why not try                 Crime Land           A Literary Dame            A Room at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel            Books & Walking; A Literary Trail              Place and the Writer                  Seduced by History                 The Department of Security & Crime Science

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