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1st December 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


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For the third year in a row, we're delighted to be teaming up with Literature Works to bring a day of getting to grips with the practicalities of writing. This time, we're coming to Bristol, one of the most creative cities in the UK, featuring some of the best, most exciting writers out there at the moment.


09.00-09.30: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

09.30-09.40: Introduction to the day from Writers & Artists and Literature Works 

09.40-10.40: Workshop session one: Grabbing your readers from the off with Nikesh Shukla

10.40-11.05: Short refreshment break

11.05-12.05: Workshop session two: Creating unforgettable characters with Kerry Hudson

12.05-12.45: What I learned writing my debut novel with Muhammad Khan

12.45-13.30: Lunch (lunch included)  

13.30-14.15: On Writing with Colin Grant

14.15-14.45: Reclaiming the dialogue: Finding your authorial voice and nurturing author development with Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher at Dialogue Books, and Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works

14.45-15.00: Short refreshment break

15.00-16.00: Submitting to Literary Agents with Juliet Pickering and Julia Kingsford 

Speaker Profiles

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited (Quartet) which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, Meatspace (Friday Project), which saw him reach notoriety as a the first man to send a lamb chop into space, a feat that has been viewed on Youtube more than 250,000 times and most recently The One Who Wrote Destiny, published in April 2018 by Atlantic Books. His first YA novel Run, Riot will be published by Hachette Children’s Books in June 2018. 

He is also the editor of the acclaimed collection of essays about race and immigration by 21 writers of colour, The Good Immigrant (Unbound), which was Radio 4 Book of the Week and for which he was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award, named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 and which won the Books Are My Bags and Readers Choice Award. Together with his agent Julia Kingsford he has co-founded The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. @nikeshshukla

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel.

Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma (Chatto & Windus), was published in July 2012 and was shortlisted for eight literary prizes including the Guardian First Book Award, and won Scottish First Book of the Year. Kerry’s second novel Thirst, was developed by with support from the National Lottery through an Arts Council England grant and was published by Chatto in July 2014 before being shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. Pubilshed in France as La Couleur de L’eau by Editions Philippe Rey, Thirst was the winner of the prestigious literary prize, Prix Femina Etranger 2015. It was also shortlisted for the European Strega prize in Italy, after being published there as Sete, by Minimum Fax. Kerry is currently writing his third book, LOWBORN: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns@ThatKerryHudson

Muhammad Khan is an engineer, a secondary-school maths teacher, and now a YA author. He takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He lives in South London and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary's. His first novel I Am Thunder was published last year and he is now working on a second novel for Macmillan Children's Books, Kick the Moon.  @mkhanauthor

Colin Grant is an author, historian, and Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies. His books include: Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey; and a group biography of the Wailers, I&I, The Natural Mystics. His memoir of growing up in a Caribbean family in 1970s Luton, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerly Prize, 2013. Grant’s history of epilepsy, A Smell of Burning, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2016As a producer for the BBC, Grant wrote and directed a number of radio drama documentaries including African Man of Letters: The Life of Ignatius Sancho; A Fountain of Tears: The Murder of Federico Garcia Lorca; and Wheel and Come Again: a History of Jamaica’s Reggae. He is a regular tutor of creative writing for Arvon, Sierra Nevada College and City University, London. 

Grant also writes for a number of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, GQ, Telegraph, TLS, Prospect, New York Review of Books and Granta.  Grant's next book, an Oral History of Caribbean Migration to Britain will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2019. @colincraiggrant

Sharmaine Lovegrove is the Publisher of Dialogue Books the UK’s only inclusive imprint, part of Little, Brown Book Group and Hachette UK. Prior to going in-house Sharmaine was the Co-Founder and Publishing Director of Dialogue Scouting, the UK’s first book to film & TV scouting consultancy as well as being ELLE’s Literary Editor. Her path is drawn from all things innovative in storytelling and in 2008 Sharmaine set up her own bookshop as well as a creative agency in Berlin having worked previously in PR, bookselling, event management and digital consultancy. Home is London and her roots are Jamaican and books make her part of the world. @SharLovegrove

Julia Kingsford is a creative strategist in consumer focused book marketing as well as looking after her author clients. She began her career in marketing at Random House before working at the BBC and the Barbican before returning to the book trade to manage Foyles’ events, becoming Head of Marketing, Communications and Publisher Relations. In 2010, Julia helped found World Book Night, a national reading for pleasure and literacy charity and subsequently became CEO in 2011. After integrating it into The Reading Agency she left in 2014 and set up Kingsford Campbell. Julia is an advocate for equality and representation in publishing.

In 2017 Julia co-founded The Good Literary Agency with Nikesh Shukla. A social enterprise, funded by Arts Council England, its purpose is to increase opportunities for writers from groups under-represented in UK publishing. Julia is a director of the agency and is taking responsibility for its set up and management, though she won’t be personally representing clients. Julia and Nikesh also co-founded The Good Journal and in 2017 they were named Disruptors of the Year at the Futurebook Awards as well as being on the Bookseller’s list of 100 most influential people in publishing. Her first book, Aspergers & Asparagus, co-written with her sister Katherine who is autistic, will be published in 2019. @JuliaKingsford

Juliet Pickering worked for Waterstones as a bookseller and fiction buyer before starting at A P Watt in 2003, where she became an Associate Agent in 2007. Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013, becoming Vice Head of the Book Department in 2017, and her authors have been shortlisted for Booker, Costa, and Guardian First Book Awards, won the Whitbread and Green Carnation Prizes and, in 2015, the prestigious French literary award Prix Femina Etranger. Her fiction interests range from literary through to book club, and she enjoys commercial novels with fresh, contemporary and feminist central characters. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, current affairs and political commentary, cookery and food writing, humour, and all sorts in-between.  @julietpickering

Helen Chaloner

Helen Chaloner is CEO at Literature Works, a literature development charity that champions literature ,readers and writers in South West England and beyond. She has a strong track record in writers' and artists' residency programmes and in education outreach. Her early professional life was in publishing PR at Penguin Book and at Faber. She went onto leadership positions with the Arvon Foundation and with the unique educational charity, Farms for City Children. Helen then ran her own consultancy offering charities support with developing, funding, and growing their organisation. @LitWorksCEO

Event details

The event is being held at: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

 Doors will open at 09.00am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.

Booking and payment

The price for this event is £95

Local writers are able to book a ticket for £65 with an exclusive discount code.

There are 6 bursary places for low-income writers and 20 free student places being organised by Literature Works. [PLEASE NOTE: These spaces have now been filled.]

For payment options please email

Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.

Price inclusive of standard VAT.

Please note that this is not a ticketed event, so you don't need to bring anything on the day as your names will be on our guestlist.

About Literature Works

Literature Works is the strategic literature development charity for South West England. Their role is to fundraise for the Literature Works Annual Fund, a support and grant scheme providing small awards for literature activity across the region, and where possible securing funding for larger regional projects with delivery partners, advice, advocacy and partnership. They also provide a central resource for literature in the South West region and support the wider literature sector through large scale research and evaluation. Their mission is to support, understand and advocate for the regional literature sector in all its contexts, for everyone, for all ages, and that sector's place, growth.


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