Festival Schedule and Panel Description

Saturday, June 2nd, 11am-8.30pm, G Live, Guildford

11am – Festival opens with tea, coffee and biscuits

11.30am – Panel 1: Literary Start-ups

Are you interested in starting up your own magazine, journal, small press or reading series? Some of the most successful independent journals, presses and series have developed out of original collaborative ideas. Our panellists have been involved with founding original projects in print, online and performance. Join us to discuss what it takes to launch and importantly sustain an independent start-up.

Panellists: Stewart Ferris, Broc Silva, M.E. Rolle, and Kyle Rolle
Chair: Rachel Marsh

12:30pm – Refreshments break

12.45pm – Panel 2: Gathering a Creative Support System

Many artists write in a solitary environment, but the life of a writer often depends on being part of a creative community and support system, whether it’s to collaborate professionally, to give feedback on each other’s work, or to come to events like this one to hear about new ideas. This panel features emerging and established writers who will talk about their experiences finding their support systems in places such as MA/MFA programmes, reading series and editorial teams.

Panellists: Peggy Hughes, Ellie Kerr-Smiley, Jas Smith, Rachel Marsh
Chair: Paul Vlitos

1.45pm – Lunchtime workshop

Join writing coach Melissa Addey for an interactive workshop titled The Thriving Author

2.30pm – Refreshments Break

2.45pm – Panel 3: Writing for Television and Film

Join us for a panel discussion of how to think visually while developing a television or film script. Our panellists have experience in various aspects of pitching, writing, and producing work for the screen. We’ll discuss how to approach various outlets for visual storytelling, including online formats.

Panellists: Jonathon Crewe, Jennifer Good, Lydia Yeoman, Marek Czubala
Chair: Holly Luhning

3.45pm – Refreshment break

4pm – Panel 4: PR and Marketing: A Discussion with Agents, Publishers, Editors, and Professionals

There are many mediums in which to pursue publication. Are you interested to learn more about marketing yourself, or are you interested in getting involved in the publishing industry as an agent, editor, or marketing professional? We’ll discuss these and other topics with our panellists who work in the creative industries who work in a variety of ways within the creative industries.

Panellists: Charlotte Ledger, Laura Williams, Steven O’Brien, Amy Evan-Cook
Chair: Jeanette Lynes

5pm – Wine and Cheese Reception

Mix and mingle with the Festival Authors and Creative Professionals and meet fellow Festival-goers.

6.30pm – Evening Soiree

Join us for an evening of performances and readings from journalists, writers, and performers.

Performers (appearing in this order): Gemma Connell, Catherine Graham, Jeanette Lynes, and Tom Jenks.