The annual Winchester Reading Series (20 January to 24 March) is hosted by the University’s MA Writing for Children and MA Creative and Critical Writing courses, to open up the world of publishing to new authors.
This year, as well as inviting award-winning writers such as Marcus Sedgwick and Roma Tearne to speak, the University welcomes back two MA graduates, Claire Fuller and David Owen.
“These two authors know all about the uncertainties faced by new writers, as both have their first novels coming out this year,” explained Judith Heneghan, Director of the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Programme Leader for MA Writing for Children.
David Owen's Young Adult novel, Panther, is to be published in May and he explores the agent/author relationship with his agent, Ella Kahn from Diamond Kahn and Woods, in the first talk of the series on Tuesday 20 January.
On Tuesday 17 March, Claire Fuller, who graduated in November 2014, reads from her debut novel, Our endless numbered days, which is published next month. She has been tipped by The Observer as one of its 'New faces of fiction' for 2015 and later this year will be in conversation with Fig Tree's Publishing Director, Juliet Annan, at this year's Writers' Festival in June.
“We are very excited that Claire is coming back to share her experiences of finding an agent for her manuscript, then finding herself at the centre of an international auction for her work,” added Judith.
The aim of the Winchester Reading Series is to bring emerging writers and experts together for an informal talk with lots of question and answer sessions.
Judith said: “To be a published author you need to develop their craft and work hard. You also need to know what publishing options are available to you, how to find and approach an agent, what happens when an editor works on your manuscript and, increasingly, how to market and promote yourself as a writer.”
Other talks in the Winchester Reading Series include:
- 27 January: Debbie Young, self-publishing guru and blogger for the Alliance of Independent Authors, discusses the merits of good self-publishing and how to go about it
- 10 February: An evening with Literary magazine Ambit
- 24 February: Award-winning Young Adult novelist, Marcus Sedgwick, talks about his creative process and the current publishing climate
- 3 March: An evening with Simon Nicholson, BAFTA nominated writer of children's television, theatre and books
- 24 March: An evening with Roma Tearne, Sri Lankan-born author of five novels whose first novel, Mosquito, was shortlisted for the Costa Prize
Each event is free to attend and open to members of the public. All events are to be held between 6pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings in Room 001, St Alphege Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. For more information please visit www.winchester.ac.uk/events