Meet Your Instructors:

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction. She also writes short stories, essays, literary criticism, drama and for BBC radio. Two of  her novels have been adapted into BBC R4 plays. She was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009.

Emma Henderson is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Keele University and an award-winning novelist. She has worked, in the past, as a blurbs’ writer for Penguin Books, as the manager of a ski-lodge in the French Alps and as a water bailiff in the Outer Hebrides.

Courttia Newland is the author of seven books. His latest, The Gospel According to Canewas published in 2013. He was nominated for the Edge Hill Prize, The Frank O’ Conner award, and numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4.

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently No Dominion (John Murray 2017). Louise has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for young people. Her most recent novels are Well, That was Awkward and Unfriended for young teens; and the Justin Case trilogy for kidsHer picture books include Piggy Bunny and Sometimes I’m Bombaloo.  Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a tortoise named Lightning.

Colin Grant is a BBC producer, historian and author of four books including a history of epilepsy called A Smell of Burning. His memoir of Caribbean life in 1970s England, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize 2013.:

Susan Tiberghien, author of four memoirs, One Year to a Writing Life, and soon published Writing Toward Wholeness, has taught workshops for twenty years at writers’ centers and conferences in America and Europe. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group.

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi writes and teaches looking for words that must be said.  She’s presently finding them for a new book for FSG, who published her two memoirs. The earlier, Mother Tongue, is being reissued. Forty years of Italian life have also led her into translation, poetry and fiction.

David Rivard’s Standoff was awarded the 2017 PEN/New England Prize and was listed by the New Yorker as one of its “Books We Loved in 2016.” Rivard is the author of five other books of poetry: Otherwise ElsewhereSugartownBewitched PlaygroundWise Poison, and Torque. He teaches at the University of New Hampshire.

George Szirtes was born in Hungary and published his first book of poems,The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Prize. Has published many since then,Reel (2004) winning the T S Eliot Prize, for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His latest book is Mapping the Delta (BloodAxe 2016).

Meet Your Panelists:

Aimee Ashcraft is based in New York City, where she is an associate agent at Brower Literary & Management. After earning her MA in French translation from NYU, she joined the wonderful world of publishing. She loves stories that feature strong women, diverse voices, and a little bit of magic. website:

Veronica Liu is editor at Seven Stories Press, an independent publisher offering uncompromising political books, fiction, and poetry.

Kate Johnson is an agent at Wolf Literary Services, representing award-winning authors in both the US and the UK. She was previously an agent and vice president at Georges Borchardt, Inc. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, as well as a range of narrative nonfiction.

Hannah Knowles is senior commissioning editor at Canongate Books. She has worked in the publishing industry for 12 years, including at Hachette and Random House prior to joining Canongate. Whilst predominantly commissioning non-fiction popular culture titles, Hannah has a broad love of books, whether crime fiction, graphic novels or autobiographies. She is always on the lookout for fresh, exciting and significant voices.

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