The City Lit Festival of Writing
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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.
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