Programming

The 2022 YALC Schedule

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Stage Panels

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“I’m only me when I’m with you”

A look at the different types of friendships found in YA. How they start, how they grow and how they can change your life.
Molly Morris @weirdmolly
Nadia Mendoza @NadzMendoza
Grace Francis @noairsorgrace
Sara Barnard @saramegan
Attiya Khan @aatiyakhan39

“Atlas rise”

This panel will discuss the current trend for bringing familiar myths and legends back to life – and why we can’t help but delve into these stories again and again.
Ann Sei Lin @AnnSeiLin1
Holly Race @Ecarylloh
Katherine Corr @katharinecorr
Elizabeth Corr @lizcorr_writes

“Protect and survive”

Delve into the darker side of YA and discover why we still can’t get enough of the dystopian worlds being created.
Finn Longman @FinnLongman
Joseph Elliott @joseph_elliott
Neal Shusterman @NealShusterman
Sarah Daniels @SarahDanBooks

“Earth day every day”

With all eyes on the state of the planet this panel of authors talk about how YA literature can highlight important world issues – and what we can do to make a difference
Chris Vick @chrisvickwrites
Jamie Costello @LWilsonCrime
Mark Ballabon @markballabon
Temi Oh @Temi_Oh

“Working on the building”

Our panellists have created worlds that keep us on our toes & on the edge of our seats. They will spill the secrets of how they do it!
Aneesa Marufu @AneesaMarufu
Derek Landy @DerekLandy
Jonathan Stroud @JonathanAStroud
Lauren James @Lauren_E_James
Michelle Paver @MichellePaver

“The land of make believe”

A good story is worth telling twice, so discover why we keep coming back to the familiar and turning them into new adventures.
Melinda Salisbury @MESalisbury
Soman Chainani @SomanChainani
Holly Race @Ecarylloh
Bryony Gordon

“Wrapped up in books”

Join some of our YALC Ambassadors as they talk about the books they’ve written, the books they love and the books we should all be adding to our TBR piles
Karen M. McManus @writerkmc
Simon James Green @simonjamesgreen
Juno Dawson @junodawson
Non Pratt @NonPratt

“Our time is now”

Join our YALC poetry slam, where our panel will perform their latest works. Get ready to be entertained, inspired & empowered.
C.G. Moore @YAfictionados
Dean Atta @DeanAtta
Ella McLeod @McLeod_Mouth
Manjeet Mann @ManjeetMann
Matt Goodfellow @EarlyTrain
Nikita Gill @nktgill

“Video killed the radio star”

You might have seen these books on #BookTok – discover why the internet can’t get enough of these addictive stories.
Amy McCaw @YAundermyskin
Ayana Gray @AyanaGray
Alexandra Bracken @alexbracken
Morgon Owen @morganowenya

“What I go to school for”

Head back to school with this panel, who are lifting the lid on how dark and dangerous the classroom can really be.
Cynthia Murphy @CynthiaMurphyYA
Daphne Tonge @daphlt
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé @faridahlikestea
Holly Bourne @holly_bourneYA

 

“Try the fantasy”

Join the panellists as they discuss the fun and fantastical world of fantasy YA fiction, and why we can’t get enough of these magical worlds.
Deidre Sullivan @propermiss
Josh Winning @JoshWinning
Kat Delacorte @katdelacorte

“The threat is real”

Hear our panellists talk about how they create stories full of twists, turns and drama which keep us hooked until the very last page.
Emily Barr @emily_barr
Kathryn Foxfield @KathrynFoxfield
Yaba Badoe @yaba_badoe
Alexia Mason

“History repeating”

Join this panel as they explore the challenges and triumphs that come with bringing history back to life in new and exciting ways.
Alison Weatherby @aliwea
Kat Dunn @KatAliceDunn
Lex Croucher @lexcanroar
Vincent Tirado @v_e_tirado

“The BIG YALC Quiz of the year”

Two teams will battle it out and test their YA knowledge for the privilege of calling themselves winners!
Beth Reekles @Reekles
Simon James Green @simonjamesgreen

“Cassandra Clare: In Conversation”

Join Samantha Shannon @say_shannon as she talks to Cassandra Clare @cassieclare about ‘The Last Hours’.

“You don’t own me”

This panel will talk about feminism and empowerment in YA publishing, and how books can inspire us to be our best selves.
Gina Blaxill @GinaBlaxill
Julia Tuffs @JuliaTuffs
Kate Weston @kateelizweston
Natasha Devon @_NatashaDevon
Rebecca Barrow @rebeccakbarrow

“Give me my crown”

Discover the dramas, scandals and dangers behind the throne in this royal panel.
Benjamin Dean @NotAgainBen
Connie Glynn @connieglynn
Katherine Webber @kwebberwrites
Laura Sebastian @sebastian_lk

“I believe in a thing called love”

A panel all about love, exploring the many ways it can change your life.
Ciara Smyth @CiaraNicG
Cynthia So @cynaesthete
Lily Lindon @lily_lindon
William Hussey @WHusseyAuthor
Katherine Woodfine @followtheyellow

“I’m still standing”

The panellists discuss how important it is to put your own wellbeing first and how this important topic can be explored in YA fiction.
Alexis Caught @alexiscaught
Alice Oseman @AliceOseman
Lewis Hancox @LewisHancox
Yasmin Rahman @YasminwithanE

“In conversation with Jacqueline Wilson & Non Pratt”

Join Jaqueline Wilson and Non Pratt as they talk about their books, their writing processes and their exciting plans for the future.
@FansofJWilson
@NonPratt

“I put a spell on you”

Discover why we just can’t get enough of witches in this magical panel.
Cari Thomas @Cari_Threads
Caroline O’Donoghue @Czaroline
Ciannon Smart @CiannonS
Finbar Hawkins @finbar_hawkins
Juno Dawson @junodawson

“Nobody does it better”

Come along to this panel to witness a battle of the genres! Fantasy vs Thriller vs Romance vs Contemporary – which one is top of your list?
Brigid Kemmere @BrigidKemmerer
Bryony Pearce @BryonyPearce
Danielle Jawando
Sunyi Dean @Blind_Nycteris
Tracy Darnton @TracyDarnton

Workshops

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Holly Race
Dream Journals
Use lettering, collage and doodling to illustrate your most memorable dreams, use them to decipher your personality and ambitions, and go home with a special piece of memorabilia describing your ‘lore’ from Holly Race’s dreamworld of Annwn.

Ellie Wyatt @EllieWyattMusic & Becky Jerams @beckyjerams
Creating our booksical
Focussing on the writing process behind the book and doing things differently – exploring that journey and all it entailed. It will also cover writing music, lyrics and the differences and similarities. Hopefully ending with a couple of songs.

Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
Writing As A Duo
Join sister writing duo Katharine and Elizabeth Corr as they give you their top tips and tricks on how to create literary worlds and amazing characters with a partner. From planning the plot, crafting the characters and deciding who lives and dies discover how they jointly created the worlds in Throne of Swans and Daughter of Darkness.

Sita Brahmachari @SitaBrahmachari and Natalie Sirett @EveFalling_
The Raven Treasure Box
In this immersive workshop, Sita Brahmachari and Natalie Sirett invite you to share the creative journey behind their critically acclaimed YA novel When Shadows Fall. With its eclectic mix of theatre, poetry and art, this workshop offers guests a chance to express their own feelings.

Sophie McKenzie
Writing Thrillers
Twists and turns are at the heart of all successful thrillers. In this practical and interactive session you’ll get the chance to come up with your own thriller-ish twist, as best-selling author Sophie McKenzie passes on her top tips for writing in the genre.

Deidre Sullivan
Tarot Cards
From the witchy world of her recent novels, Precious Catastrophe and Perfectly Preventable Deaths, Deidre Sullivan gives you a glimpse in to your future. Have your tarot cards read by Deidre and learn what each card means and how they can be applied to you.

Alexia Mason
Writing for difference audiences
Start with characters that set you on fire, let them fly, then use some simple tools to ground them as their story unfolds. Find your passion, find your voice, and your audience will reveal itself. Best-selling author, Alexia Mason, talks about inspiration, character, emotion, and connection.

Manon Steffan Ros @ManonSteffanRos
Using Stories To Make Us Feel Better
Join multi award-winning Welsh author Manon Steffan Ros for an informal writing workshop about how to write about the things that matter to us. How can we use stories as a way of making us feel a bit better, or to better understand the world? Manon will guide participants into the world of creative writing with tasks that aim to open up a new way of interpreting the world.

Lewis Hancox @LewisHancox
Create Your Own Comic Strip
Create your own comic strip with the illustrator of graphic memoir, Welcome to St Hell. Lewis Hancox is an influencer, filmmaker and bold new voice in comics, and will show readers how they can create their own comic or graphic novel! This event is for everyone, no drawing skills needed, just come along and have fun with us!

Christine Pillainayagam @CPillainayagam
Song writing as a creative outlet
Join singer/songwriter and debut author Christine Pillainayagam for a song-writing workshop! Christine will discuss her hilarious coming-of-age YA novel, Ellie Pillai is Brown, and take you through the fundamentals of lyricism before giving you the chance to pen down and share your own songs.

Diana Anyakwo @AnyakwoDiana
Writing From Your Own Experiences
Join author Diana Anyakwo for this fun and interactive creative-writing workshop.  Diana will explore how to use your own experiences to write original and compelling fiction. Learn how to work with memory and imagination to craft captivating stories.  The workshop will be packed with exercises, discussion and tips. You’ll look at your own interesting experiences and use them to draw out the story you want to tell.

Bryony Pearce @BryonyPearce
I’m Still Standing – The YALC Deception (Escape Room)
‘I’m an author. I collect stories … and now I’m collecting yours.’ Author Bryony Pearce has you captured! Can you escape before you’re trapped forever?

Danielle Jawando
Creating Realistic Characters
Join critically acclaimed author Danielle Jawando for a creative-writing workshop. Danielle will explore how to create authentic, three-dimensional characters that leap off the page. Looking at voice, setting and plot, in order to craft compelling and memorable characters for a YA audience.

Luke Palmer @lcpalmerpoet
The Physics of Action, Energy & Transfer
Luke Palmer is a poet and writer; his debut YA novel Grow was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In this workshop, we’ll start from the principle that the best characters in fiction are active forces who mould and create the worlds around them. Our characters should be the engines that drive a story forward, and we’ll examine the kinds of energy that their actions create. We’ll touch on some basic principles from Physics to help us build that energy, and look at how we can ensure that it doesn’t get lost.

Tracy Darnton @TracyDarnton
Release Your Inner Teen
In this fun writing workshop, Tracy will encourage you to develop an authentic YA voice by releasing your inner teen – whatever your age!

Agents Arena

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12pm
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The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Presents:
All you need to know about getting your book published

You’ve written your YA novel – but how do you get it into the hands of your readers?

Our expert panel of authors and a literary agent will tell you how, by sharing their experiences and knowledge of writing and publishing. They will cover the submissions process, how to craft a killer query letter, how to work with a publisher, as well as other topics.

Catherine ChoCatherine Cho is a literary agent at Paper Literary, which she founded in 2021 and represents writers for YA and adult markets. She is the author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness.

Katy MoranKaty Moran is the Carnegie-nominated author of six YA novels, including Bloodline, Spirit Hunter and The Hidden Princess (all published by Walker Books), as well as a trilogy of Regency Romances (published by Head of Zeus). The most recent Scandalous Alchemy was published in February.

Eden Phillips HarringtonEden Phillips Harrington, Assistant Editor of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, the bestselling guide to all aspects of writing and getting your work noticed.

1pm
Agent 1-2-1s
Molly Jamieson, United Agents
Saskia Leach, Kate Nash Literary Agency
Julie Gourinchas, Bell Lomax Moreton Agency
John Baker, Bell Lomax Moreton Agency

Calling all budding writers. This is your chance to have 10 minutes one on one with a literary agent. Hone your pitch, work out your plot holes or ask about the publishing process – a great opportunity for anyone who’s working on a book.

Molly JamiesonMolly Jamieson (she/her) has been working at United Agents LLP for five years. She is an Associate Agent working across adult and children’s books, and before that she worked at Curtis Brown. She has recently started building her own client list which already includes million-copy selling authors and bestsellers. Molly has a particular interest in scifi and fantasy (although happy to consider YA outside of this space), and loves stories where the stakes are high, where the characters are memorable, authentic and original, and where the world is richly imagined.

Julie GourinchasJulie Gourinchas (she/they) is agency assistant at Bell Lomax Moreton, where she works across the agents’ various lists and provides editorial and administrative support where needed. Prior to her time at BLM, she was managing editor for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, and later transferred into freelance editorial work. Julie reads widely, and is particularly interested in anything gritty, toothy, and dark, with a weakness for lush, lyrical prose and intricate worldbuilding. Her preferred genres include literary fiction, historical fiction, psychological thrillers, speculative horror, fantasy, and anything gothic, particularly from authors underrepresented in the industry. Her favourite books include All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.

John BakerJohn Baker (he/him) joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 where, as a junior agent, he is focusing on building his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy, alongside providing administrative support across the agency and managing the agency’s book-to-screen rights. Alongside reading every book containing a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John has been building a small but unique list of authors, who all share a passion for subverting expectations and creating rich new worlds of adventure. John’s clients include Gabriela Houston, A. M. Shine, Nadia Attia and the inaugural Futureworlds prize winner, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

Saskia LeachSaskia Leach (she/her) joined Kate Nash Literary Agency in early 2021, after graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA degree in English and History. She is now building her own list of authors. She enjoys reading a wide range of genres and is fascinated by stories written from multiple perspectives. She also loves books which feature complex and dynamic characters. Saskia is particularly on the lookout for authors of cosy crime, whether contemporary or Golden Age, psychological thriller with a fresh and unique hook and WW2 historical fiction. Twitter: @saskialeach_. Instagram: @saskia.reads.

2pmHashtag Blak

Hashtag BLAK Presents
From bright idea to bookshelf…
Hashtag BLAK co-directors Abiola Bello & Helen Lewis share the behind the scenes of bringing a YA book to life!

Hashtag BLAK is an exciting fledgling imprint from indie, female-led publisher Hashtag Press that showcases the best under-represented voices in the UK. We want to read about love in all of its forms, and we aim to make publishing fair, inclusive, representative and equal. The first two YA books, released last year under Hashtag BLAK, are Being Amani by Annabelle Steele and Ten Steps To Us by Attiya Khan.

Hashtag BLAK is open for submissions: https://www.hashtagblak.co.uk/submissions

Abiola BelloAbiola Bello is an award-winning YA and middle grade author, Helen Lewis is a prize-winning book publicist. Together, they founded publishing house Hashtag Press (www.hashtagpress.co.uk) in 2017 and imprint Hashtag BLAK in 2020. They’ve since published best-selling books featured in Vogue, Loose Women, New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio and more. Hashtag Press won Publisher of the Year by The People’s Book Prize in July 2020.
Abiola was London Book Fair’s Trailblazer of the Year 2018, Carnegie-nominated in 2019 and won London’s BIG READ 2019. Her award winning Emily Knight I am series has received critical acclaim and rave reviews. She is part of The Very Merry Murder Club, published by Farshore and received a 6 figure, 3 book deal with Simon & Schuster. Her debut YA book Love In Winter Wonderland is out November 2022. (www.a-bello.com)
Abiola is represented by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

Helen LewisHelen Lewis has been working in media, publishing and PR for 21 years. She founded award-winning publicity agency Literally PR (www.literallypr.com) in 2012, building on over a decade of journalism and PR experience. The book PR and marketing agency was recently awarded Business Champions’ SME of the Year, and the team have worked on more than 400 campaigns.
Photo credit for Abiola Bello: The Meyer Studios

 

3pm
Little Tiger Presents:
Everything You Need to Know about Working with an Editor
Featuring Sita Brahmachari (author of When Shadows Fall) and Mattie Whitehead (editor)

What’s the difference between a structural edit and a line edit? How does an editor oversee your cover? What million other jobs does an editor do that don’t actually involve editing? Join this in-conversation between editor and author pair, Sita and Mattie, to find out all you need to know about the process from both sides plus an opportunity for questions from the audience at the end.

Sita BrahmachariSita Brahmachari (she/her) won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her debut ARTICHOKE HEARTS and is one of the most important voices in children’s books today. Her books have been shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and have been translated into many languages around the world. She is the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. Sita lives in London with her family.

Mattie WhiteheadMattie Whitehead (she/her) is the Senior Editor on the fiction list at Little Tiger. She’s spent the last seven years working with amazing authors and illustrators on brilliant books, for readers aged five to eighteen.

Saturday 9th July

12pm
Unbury Your Gays: Writing Queer Characters
Featuring Joel Rochester (All These Sunken Souls)
Kat Dunn (Dangerous Remedy)
Samantha Shannon (The Priory of the Orange Tree)
Saara El-Arifi (The Final Strife)

Exploring queer joy, gay-coded villians and the wibbly-wobbly-ness of gender.This is the panel for exploding heteronormative narratives and will debate the triumphs and difficultiess of writing LGBTQIA+ characters. A short panel discussion and then an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Saara El-ArifiSaara El-Arifi (she/her) knew she was a storyteller from the moment she told her first lie. Tall tales soon evolved into epic ones and her first novel, THE FINAL STRIFE was born. The novel is the first part of a trilogy inspired by her Arab and West African heritage.

Joel Rochester

Joel Rochester (he/they) is equal parts speculative fiction writer, dark academian, and chaotic content creator of FictionalFates. Whilst not at his nearest coffee shop or bookstore, he studies for his MA in English Literature at Cardiff University, residing in South Wales where he was raised. Their short story will be featured in the Black Horror anthology ALL THESE SUNKEN SOULS (2023).

Kat DunnKat Dunn (she/her) grew up in London and has lived in Japan, Australia and France. She has written about mental health for Mind and The Guardian, and worked as a translator for Japanese television. Her debut novel, Dangerous Remedy, and her second novel, Monstrous Design, are both published by Zephyr. She lives in London.

Samantha ShannonSamantha Shannon (she/her) is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author. She was born in West London in 1991 and started writing in abundance when she was twelve. She studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from 2010 to 2013, specialising in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism. In 2013, at the age of 21, she published The Bone Season, the internationally bestselling first instalment in a septology of fantasy novels. The fourth book, The Mask Falling, is her most recent work, published in 2021. Her first novel outside the series, The Priory of the Orange Tree, was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards 2020. A standalone prequel, A Day of Fallen Night, is due for publication in January 2023.

1pm
Agent 1-2-1s
Kristina Perez, Zeno Agency
Stevie Finegan, Zeno Agency
Molly Jamieson, United Agents
John Baker, Bell Lomax Moreton Agency

Calling all budding writers. This is your chance to have ten minutes, one on one, with a literary agent. Hone your pitch, work out your plot holes or ask about the publishing process – a great opportunity for anyone who’s working on a book.

Molly JamiesonMolly Jamieson (she/her) has been working at United Agents LLP for five years. She is an Associate Agent working across adult and children’s books, and before that she worked at Curtis Brown. She has recently started building her own client list which already includes million-copy selling authors and bestsellers. Molly has a particular interest in scifi and fantasy (although happy to consider YA outside of this space), and loves stories where the stakes are high, where the characters are memorable, authentic and original, and where the world is richly imagined.

Kristina PerezKristina Pérez (she/her) is an Associate Agent at the Zeno Agency in London. She is the author of is the author of the YA Fantasy SWEET BLACK WAVES trilogy (Imprint/Macmillan), THE TESLA LEGACY (Tor Teen) and THE MYTH OF MORGAN LA FEY (Palgrave Macmillan). She holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and as a journalist, she’s written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN.

Stevie FineganStevie Finegan (she/they) joined the Zeno Agency in January 2020, where they represents YA, children’s books, adult scifi and fantasy and various non-fiction projects. They previously worked at Hachette, Icon Books and has been a bookseller, a books journalist and ran a YouTube channel focused on books.

John BakerJohn Baker (he/him) joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 where, as a junior agent, he is focusing on building his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy, alongside providing administrative support across the agency and managing the agency’s book-to-screen rights. Alongside reading every book containing a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John has been building a small but unique list of authors, who all share a passion for subverting expectations and creating rich new worlds of adventure. John’s clients include Gabriela Houston, A. M. Shine, Nadia Attia and the inaugural Futureworlds prize winner, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

2pm
It Takes a Village: Finding and Building Writing Support Networks
Saara El-Arifi (The Final Strife)
Tori Bovalino (The Devil Makes Three)
Tasha Suri (The Jasmine Throne)

From official writing workshops to buddy-writing at your local coffee shop. Whether it’s read throughs from your beta readers, working on your submission with a mentor or just encouragement from your writing Whatsapp group – everyone could do with some support in achieving their writing goals. Our panels will be discussing the ways they’ve benefited from writing communities and highlighting some upcoming opportunities for budding writers everywhere.

Tasha SuriTasha Suri (she/her) is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Her upcoming novels include The Oleander Sword, sequel to The Jasmine Throne, and What Souls Are Made Of, a YA remix of Wuthering Heights. When she isn’t writing, Tasha likes to cry over TV shows, buy too many notebooks, and indulge her geeky passion for reading about South Asian history. She lives with her family in a mildly haunted house in London.

Saara El-ArifiSaara El-Arifi (she/her) knew she was a storyteller from the moment she told her first lie. Tall tales soon evolved into epic ones and her first novel, THE FINAL STRIFE was born. The novel is the first part of a trilogy inspired by her Arab and West African heritage.

Tori Bovalino

Tori Bovalino (she/her) is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now lives in the UK with her very loud cat. Tori is obsessed with scary stories, obscure academic book facts, and chai. She is active on Twitter as @toribov and Instagram as @toribovalino. Her debut The Devil Makes Three published with Titan in 2021.

 

3pm
World Wide YA: What Kind of YA Does Well in Other Countries and What Stories Should We Be Importing
Featuring Kate Dylan (Mindwalker), Aless Birch (Writers House), and Claire Storey (co-editor of World Kid Lit)

Kate Dylan is a video editor by day, science fiction and fantasy author by night. Her passion for writing YA novels is fuelled by a love of banter, snark, and all things Marvel, and is supported by her long-suffering boyfriend and their thoroughly indifferent cat. Kate’s UK debut, Mindwalker, releases September 1st, from Hodder & Stoughton.

Claire StoreyClaire Storey (she/her) is a literary translator from German and Spanish into English. Her debut YA novel translation of Me, In Between by Austrian author Julya Rabinowich was published by Andersen Press in January 2022. In 2021, she was awarded funding from Arts Council England for a project focusing on translating Young Adult Literature from Latin America. Claire is co-editor of World Kid Lit, an initiative that aims to highlight the importance of translated literature for younger readers. She lives in the East Midlands and shares her office with her three free-range guinea-pigs. Follow her on Twitter @ClaireStorey16 or visit her website www.clairestoreylanguages.co.uk

Aless BirchAless Birch (she/her) joined Writers House in 2017 and works as Global Licensing Manager, selling rights in the UK/Commonwealth, Translation and Audio markets for children’s & YA clients including Adam Silvera, Stephenie Meyer, Neil Gaiman, and Tahereh Mafi. After a few years working in the Writers House New York office, she returned to London where she now works remotely. She received her BA in English Literature from Cardiff University, and her MA in Modern Literature from University College London. Before Writers House she spent time at Hachette, Rowman & Littlefield, and as a Waterstones bookseller.

4pm
So You Want to Work in Publishing Panel
Featuring Lucy Richardson (Publicity, HQ), Justine Bottles (Production, Taylor & Francis), Polly Silk (Rights,) and Katie Jennings (Editorial, One World)

Do you eat, sleep and dream books and want it to be your career? Come along and find out if publishing might be the career path for you. Hear from a panel of experts from across the industry as they give an insight to what roles are available and give their best tips and tricks for strengthening your CV.

Lucy RichardsonLucy Richardson (she/her) is an award-winning book publicist, YouTube content creator and events chair from the North East of England. Lucy works in the publishing industry full time as Head of Publicity for HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, and in her spare time creates bookish content for her award-shortlisted YouTube channel, The Book Belle. She creates videos on books and the publishing industry and has interviewed many authors since starting her channel in 2013. She lives in London.

Justine BottlesJustine Bottles (she/her) left a career in New York’s finance industry to pursue a Masters degree in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked in marketing roles at Oxford University Press, and is presently a Production Editor at Taylor & Francis. In her spare time, she frequents TikTok as I Should Read That and desperately tries to read down her mountainous TBR.

Katie JenningsKatie Jennings (she/her) is Senior Commissioning Editor for Rock the Boat, indie publisher Oneworld’s children’s and YA list. Here she works with award-winning, chart-topping authors including Xiran Jay Zhao, Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Kathleen Glasgow and Amy Beashel. Previously she was at Little Tiger Press where she started the Red Eye horror list, publishing Alex Bell’s bestselling Frozen Charlotte, and commissioned Darren Charlton’s Wranglestone, winner of the YA category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Katie’s first job in publishing after studying English at university was as a personal assistant at a specialist children’s literary agency.

Natasha (Tash) QureshiNatasha (Tash) Qureshi (she/her) Assistant Editor, Hodderscape (Hodder & Stoughton). As the Assistant Editor, I am the tiny cog behind the editorial mammoth that is Hodderscape. I keep things tinkering along and spend my days rummaging around for commercial fantasy and science fiction gems. Previously I worked at Titan Books as the Fiction Editorial Assistant, and before that a Production Controller at Bloomsbury!

Polly SilkPolly Silk (she/her) has over a decade of experience in international rights sales. She currently works as interim Head of Rights in Oxford University Press’s children’s and educational division and is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, where she teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Sunday 10th July

Bath Spa University Bath Spa University12pm
Bath Spa University MA in Writing for Young People workshop
Lucy Cuthew @lucycuthew

 

Curious about studying creative writing? The MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University has turned out so many YA authors including Sally Nicholls, Fox Benwell, Elen Caldecott, Chris Vick, Mel Darbon, Tracy Darnton and Wibke Brueggemann? Come along to this relaxed and welcoming workshop hosted by course lecturer and YA author Lucy Cuthew.

Lucy Cuthew Yasmin Rahman Finbar Hawkins

Lucy Cuthew will be joined by super-star alumni Yasmin Rahman (This Is My Truth) and Finbar Hawkins (Witch) as you hear about their experience on the MA, find out all about the course, and try your hand at some creative writing. Lucy Cuthew will be available after the session if you’d like to find out more about the course.

1pm
Agent 1-2-1s
Bryony Woods DKWLitAgency
Stevie Finegan, Zeno Agency
Julie Gourinchas, BLM Agency

Calling all budding writers. This is your chance to have ten minutes, one on one, with a literary agent. Hone your pitch, work out your plot holes or ask about the publishing process – a great opportunity for anyone who’s working on a book.

Bryony WoodsBryony Woods (she/her) is a co-founder and director at DKW, where she represents an eclectic mix of talented writers of fiction for all ages. She loves all genres, from gothic horror to quirky contemporary romance to sweeping sci-fi epics. She was a Bookseller Rising Star 2013, and a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016.

Stevie FineganStevie Finegan (she/they) joined the Zeno Agency in January 2020, where they represents YA, children’s books, adult scifi and fantasy and various non-fiction projects. They previously worked at Hachette, Icon Books and has been a bookseller, a books journalist and ran a YouTube channel focused on books.

Julie GourinchasJulie Gourinchas (she/they) is agency assistant at Bell Lomax Moreton, where she
works across the agents’ various lists and provides editorial and administrative support
where needed. Prior to her time at BLM, she was managing editor for Cornerstones
Literary Consultancy, and later transferred into freelance editorial work. Julie reads widely, and is particularly interested in anything gritty, toothy, and dark, with a weakness for lush, lyrical prose and intricate worldbuilding. Her preferred genres include literary fiction, historical fiction, psychological thrillers, speculative horror, fantasy, and anything gothic, particularly from authors underrepresented in the industry. Her favourite books include All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.

2pm
So You Want to Work in Publishing Panel
Eleanor Rose (PR & Marketing, Bonnier)
Stephen Haskins (Black Crow PR)
Áine Feeney (Editorial, Orion)
Natalie Bunch (Sales, Usborne)

Do you eat, sleep and dream books and want it to be your career? Come along and find out if publishing might be the career path for you. Hear from a panel of experts from across the industry as they give an insight to what roles are available and give their best tips and tricks for strengthening your CV.

Eleanor RoseEleanor Rose (she/her) is a Marketing and Publicity Assistant in the children’s division of Bonnier Books UK. She works across imprints Hot Key Books, Piccadilly Press, Templar Books, Big Picture Press and Studio Press. Eleanor was a Production Assistant at Bloomsbury Publishing for just under two years prior to joining Bonnier Books UK. Before working in publishing, Eleanor worked as a freelance photographer and social media manager and personal assistant for a private tuition company in Kent. Her photography experience varies from birthday parties, school proms to weddings. Eleanor did not attend university.

Natalie BunchNatalie Bunch (she/her) is an export territory manager at Usborne Publishing. She has worked in publishing for ten years, starting her career at Penguin Random House in the UK sales team as a PA to multiple sales directors. She worked in both the UK and International sales teams there before moving to join Usborne Publishing in 2017 working on Western Europe, Latin America & Caribbean territories. Natalie graduated from University of Kent in 2012 with a degree in American Studies (Literature). She can be found on Twitter as her pseudonym MissPJane speaking in BTS gifs.

Aine FeeneyÁine Feeney (she/her) first started her career in books working for Blackwell’s as a bookshop assistant, from there she worked her way up, over two years, to General Manager. The pandemic meant that the bookshop closed permanently but – taking it as an opportunity to pursue passions – moved to Oxford to complete a Masters in Publishing Media. Before graduating she secured a role as Editorial Assistant at Gollancz, a Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror imprint of Orion Publishing Group, and works there still.

Stephn HaskinSince completing an MA in publishing Stephen Haskin (he/him) has worked in Rights and Contracts management roles across the publishing spectrum from merchandising company Spineless Classics, to bestselling author Ken Follett, leading children’s illustration agency The Bright group and in house for Titan, Hachette and HarperCollins. He was also the events coordinator for Waterstones Piccadilly and is currently a publicist at bespoke marketing PR & marketing agency Black Crow PR.

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