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Sat, 09 Jun


John Lyon’s Theatre - City Lit, London

The City Lit Festival of Writing

Join The City Lit Festival of Writing in an inspiring day of talks, lectures and panels from publishing industry insiders, on the theme of writing for the 21st century.

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The City Lit Festival of Writing
The City Lit Festival of Writing

Time & Location

09 Jun 2018, 10:30 – 17:30

John Lyon’s Theatre - City Lit, London, 1-10 Keeley St, London WC2B 4BA, UK

About The Event

For writers and publishers, the 21st century so far has been shaped by dramatic upheavals, and the rate of change is only escalating. The City Lit Festival of Writing is a space for writers to attend lectures and put their questions to agents, authors, journalists, poets and publishing insiders.

Guest speakers and panellists will explore topics including the transformative power of digital publishing and self-publishing; the flourishing market of short fiction, subjects inspiring poets in the 21st Century and what the fate of journalism will be in an age of fake news and falling revenues.

Anyone with an interest in contemporary fiction, journalism and the publishing industry is very welcome. No prior knowledge is required.


  • 10:30-11:00 KEYNOTE SPEECH: Diversity in 21st Century fiction: telling unheard stories 
Speaker: Author Lucy V. Hay

  • 11:00-11:45 Panel 1: How to get published in the 21st Century (with audience Q&A)
 Chair: Salma Ibrahim, co-founder of Literary Natives 
Speakers: Author and scriptwriter Lucy V Hay and literary agent Katy Loffman

  • 12:00-12:30 Political satire in the 21st century 
David Hutter reads from his satirical novella Fake News, introduced by City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson

  • 12:30-13:15 Panel 2: Beyond fake news: journalism in the 21st Century
Chair: Helen Cox. Speakers: Author and journalist Pamela Hutchinson (Guardian, Radio 4, Sight and Sound) and CityAM journalist Rachel Cunliffe

  • 13:15-14:15 Lunch

  • 14:15-14:45 Publishing trends and opportunities in the 21st Century
Speaker: Lisa Goll from London Writers Café and Bloomsbury Publishing

  • 14:45-15:30 Panel 3: Women writing crime: a contemporary perspective (with audience Q&A) 
Chair: Maria Thomas
Speakers: Natasha Bell and Caroline Green, crime novelists

  • 15:30-15:45 Break

  • 15:45-16:30 Panel 4 The future of form: contemporary debates in prose fiction (with audience Q&A) 
Chair: Maria Thomas
Speakers: novelists and short story writers Luke Tredget, Olumide Popoola and Selma Dabbagh

  • 16:30-17:30 Sexual politics and the self in the 21st Century
. A poetry reading with Ella Frears

The festival will close with a wine reception.

For more information and Booking head to City Lit via Eventbrite

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