Making Writing Work

Making Writing Work

Birmingham Literature Festival

Date and time
06 Oct 2019 (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Location

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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£8 (£6.40)

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Birmingham Literature Festival

Making Writing Work

With Nick Makoha, Martin Sketchley and Crystal Mahey-Morgan.

We are in the midst of a literary revolution. Gone are the days when writers followed just one career path, as now we welcome the rise of the literary entrepreneur. As the boundaries of literature and literary culture become even more blurred, writers are disrupting their once traditional career paths and extending and intertwining their writing to include other artforms, environments, platforms and formats.

By harnessing creative thinking to generate more value and opportunities, is literary entrepreneurship the key to living a more fulfilled and successful life as a writer?

Our panel - poet Nick Makoha, publicist Crystal Mahey-Morgan and writer Martin Sketchley - will share their own experiences of writing and approaches to publishing, and discuss what it means to be a literary entrepreneur.

Chaired by Malachi MacIntosh.

About the speakers:


Nick Makoha’s debut collection Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. His poems appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths University, working to create an in-depth online digital archive of the Metic experiences of Black British Writers. He is a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation and The Ministry of Stories and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective.

Martin Sketchley is a published novelist, the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Aston University, and has over 20 years’ experience working on business analysis destined for blue-chip multinationals and organisations such as The British Council and World Bank. He is the West Midlands' Representative for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, whose active campaigns include Free is Not an Option and equal representation of women in screenwriting.

After 6 years at Penquin Random House working across Contracts, Marketing, Sales and Digital, Crystal Mahey-Morgan left to launch entertainment venture, OWN IT! – a storytelling lifestyle brand, telling stories across books, music, fashion, and film.
Crystal is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences, literature festivals, panel discussions and radio and was named on The Bookseller Magazine’s 2016 list of Rising Stars and The Hospital Club‘s list of 100 most creative in the UK in 2016. With Nick Makoha, Martin Sketchley and Crystal Mahey-Morgan.

We are in the midst of a literary revolution. Gone are the days when writers followed just one career path, as now we welcome the rise of the literary entrepreneur. As the boundaries of literature and literary culture become even more blurred, writers are disrupting their once traditional career paths and extending and intertwining their writing to include other artforms, environments, platforms and formats.

By harnessing creative thinking to generate more value and opportunities, is literary entrepreneurship the key to living a more fulfilled and successful life as a writer?

Our panel - poet Nick Makoha, publicist Crystal Mahey-Morgan and writer Martin Sketchley - will share their own experiences of writing and approaches to publishing, and discuss what it means to be a literary entrepreneur.

Chaired by Malachi MacIntosh.