Are you working on a book project and needing advice on how to pitch it to agents or publishers? These ‘Book Pitch Surgery’ sessions will allow you to discuss your 500-word pitch (or opening from your work in progress) in two short one-on-one meetings with publishing professionals, Gwen Davies and Julia Forster. A waiting room area will be available with hot drinks available to provide the opportunity for peer-networking with other writers. We only have 15 places available, so book now to secure your seat in the surgeries! On booking your place, please email your 500 word pitch or opening to firstname.lastname@example.org email by Friday 27 September with any specific questions you wish to ask Julia or Gwen in your session.
Gwen Davies has been editor of New Welsh Review since 2011 and a co-judge for the New Welsh Writing Awards since their inauguration in 2015. She has worked as creative editor at publishers including Parthian, founded the imprints Alcemi and New Welsh Rarebyte and is also a literary translator and writers’ mentor. She has been a Literature Officer at the Arts Council of Wales, a member and Chair of Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries Panel and represented literature for the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Wales Awards. Her latest published translation is The Jeweller by Caryl Lewis (Honno, September 2019). She grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire and now lives in Aberystwyth with her family.
Julia Forster, when she is not acting as Marketing and Publicity Officer at New Welsh Review, works freelance in marketing/PR for independent publishers and as an associate for Ruth Killick Publicity. She served on the Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries Panel for six years, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers. She is a reader and mentor for The Literary Consultancy and runs author career workshops across the UK. Julia has published two books, the latest a novel called What a Way to Go (Atlantic Books, 2016). She is currently working on a pamphlet of poems.