Surrey New Writers Festival 2016, University of Surrey, UK

Publish Date: Feb 26, 2016

Event Dates: from May 14, 2016 11:00 to May 14, 2016 10:00


          Saturday 14 May 2016, 11:00AM to 9:30PM
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA
Open to:
Public, Staff, Students, Alumni
Admission price:
Tickets: Full Price £6 per session (Students: £4 per session) Festival Pass: £25 (Students: £20) The Festival Pass provides access to all sessions and the Soiree
Admission information:
Tickets now on sale via the GLive box-office (

 The Surrey New Writers Festival is a public festival affiliated with the Creative Writing programme at the University of Surrey.

Events include interactive discussion panels featuring novelists, scriptwriters, literary agents, publishers, and others who work in the creative industries.  After the panels, we'll have a wine reception, where audience members can meet and mingle with our guest writers and creative professionals. In addition, a Poetry Stage will also run throughout the afternoon and will feature readings and discussions by innovative poets from across the UK.  The Festival will conclude with a Saturday Night Soiree that will feature literary readings and musical performances. Join us for an exciting day of creative exchanges at the Surrey New Writers Festival!

Saturday 14 May 2016, 11am-9.30pm (various times for each session)

GLive, Guildford

  • MAIN PROGRAMME: 11am-9:30pm ticketed events in the Glass Room (includes complimentary entry to the Poetry Stage).
  • THE POETRY STAGE curated by Prue Chamberlain:  12-5pm ticketed event in the Rock Room.



Festival Opens

Coffee and tea will be available


Panel 1, Digital and Multimedia Publishing: Where Experimental Meets Commercial
(Panelists: Paul Vlitos, Angela Szecepaniak, Stephen Mooney)

Our panelists will discuss how they have used digital and multimedia technology to create and/or publish their work. The authors work in various and varying aesthetic modes and write for differing audiences, yet all of them present work outside traditional genres and publishing formats.


Poetry Stage Opens


Coffee and tea will be available


Panel 2, A Portfolio Career: When One Genre Isn’t Enough
(Panelists: Rosie Garland, Michael Roke, Michael Bedo, Gill Hoffs)

These panelists write, publish, and perform in more than one genre; the artists on this panel work in two or more of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, and performance. How does their work in more than one genre set them apart as writers, and what are the challenges in creating and maintaining a portfolio writing career?


Late Lunch Talk and Discussion with Monica Ali


Panel 3, The (Often Uncertain) Road to a Debut Novel

(Panelists: Alex Christofi, Sophie Columbeau, Lizzie Enfield)
An author’s debut novel is a major milestone in his or her career; however, the road to publication is rarely without surprises, if not difficulties. Our panelists will discuss how they developed and published their ‘first’ novel, speak about writing experiences and projects that they completed (or not!) before their first major publication, and also reflect on what they didn’t expect in regard to the process of publishing their work.


Coffee and tea will be available


Panel 4, Agents, Editors, and Publishers Panel

(Panelists: Catherine Cho of the Curtis and Brown Agency, Carrie Plint of the Conville and Walsh Agency, Holly Ainley of Myriad Editions)
Join our panelists for a discussion about their roles in the publishing industry. They will talk about how they’ve developed their careers, and what kind of writing and approaches they’re looking for in authors. The audience will have an opportunity to ask our panelists about any aspect of the publishing industry.


New Writers Reception

Following the panel discussions, we will adjourn to a wine reception where the audience, authors, and industry professionals will have an opportunity to mingle with each other.


Saturday Evening Soiree

The New Writers Festival will close with a festive soiree! The evening will feature musical and poetic performances by singer-songwriter and poet Gabriel Moreno; a reading by microfiction specialist and poet Holly Howitt; performance poet angela rawlings, and a debut reading by University of Surrey MFA student Clare Holt.

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