Friday, April 19, 2024

London Festival of Writing 2023

 Shamefully late in posting photos from LFoW23. This time, the festival was in London, at Regents College, and was non-residential. I'll let the pix do the talking. 

The opening keynote address with Philippa East, self-edit alumna and starry star.

John Taylor, who has been to every FoW apart from 2022 (blame Covid) with his first published novel.

With Marve Michael, winner of the self-edit bursary and keynote speaker for 2024. Full list of bursary winners on the screen behind us.

Writers writing in my workshop on voice

Caring and sharing in my Facing the Fear workshop

Agent Silé Edwards making connections with one of the Friday Night Live (on Saturday) finalists.

The traditional self-edit alumni pic 

With Anna Burtt, co-hosting Friday Night Live (on Saturday)

Bookings open for LFoW24, again in London but in a very swanky venue! The self-edit course, now in its 13th year, is going strong. Details here. Bursaries available - see here. For evidence of how transformative the course is, check out our Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

FoW York 2022. We're back!


After a two-year break, the Jericho Writers Festival of Writing was back and it was bigger and better than ever before. While it was initially overwhelming to be with 400 people in one place, after only interacting online for so long, the weekend was a huge success. I'll let the photos tell the story. Apologies for the non-chronological order and the lack of tags.

With Emma Darwin and our wonderful self-edit alumni

L-R: Janette Owen, Audrey Niven, Mandy Berriman, me, Emma Darwin

The first shortlisted author reading at Friday Night Live

With Janette Owen

With Mandy Berriman, author of Home

The final keynote address with Neema Shah, author of Kololo Hill

With Marvellous Michael

With Neema Shah, keynote speaker and author of Kololo Hill, and Anna Burtt, Jericho's events organiser

The view from the stage in the final keynote address

Scrubbed up for the gala dinner

Bonus bunnies

With Mandy Berriman and Paul McVeigh


Gala dinner menu - veg option delicious but not listed

With Mandy Berriman

Janette Owen and Audrey Niven

The room key at York. Geddit?

View from the stage at Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live finalists

Agent panel at Friday Night Live

Jo Unwin

L-R: Katy Massey, Janette Owen, Audrey Niven, Mandy Berriman

Forward to 2023, hopefully without the need for masks