Meet the Editor: BLACKPOOL

Meet the Editor: BLACKPOOL
18 Jan 2020 at 12:30 pm
18 Jan 2020 at 03:30 pm
Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 1PX
Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 1PX

New Writing North and The Literary Consultancy (TLC) are delighted to be taking the Northern Writers’ Awards to Blackpool for this year’s North West Roadshow.

The Roadshow will include sessions on the author-agent relationship, finding outlets for new work and advice for writers considering applying for the Northern Writers’ Awards and other opportunities. Tea and coffee will be provided. Tickets cost £5. A limited number of free tickets are available to people for whom this is prohibitive. Please contact Grace Keane

Representing TLC’s Regional Ambassadors Scheme at this event will be the novelist and editor Sarah Butler. Also confirmed to speak at the event are Joe Sedgwick from TLC, Northern Writers’ Awards winners Yvonne Battle-Felton, Emma Hill and Okechukwu Nzelu, and Amy Fitzgerald from the Blair Partnership literary agency.

One-to-ones with a publishing professional

A limited number of one-to-one sessions are available to request. If you’re interested in a advisory chat with a publishing professional, please complete the form here. You must have booked for the event to be allocated a one-to-one session. On the form, you will be asked to provide:

  • A short synopsis of the writing project you’re working on
  • A 500 word extract, ideally from the beginning of the manuscript

We will be closing the form on Monday 6 January and will allocate one-to-one sessions by Friday 10 January. If more one-to-ones are requested than there are spaces available, we will try to match the most appropriate work to the expertise of the publishing professionals available.

The Northern Writers’ Awards are produced by New Writing North with support from Northumbria University, Arts Council England and a range of industry partners. The awards support work-in-progress by writers based in the North of England.

TLC Regional Ambasssador Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler has two novels published by Picador in the UK and with fourteen international publishers: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love (2013) and Before The Fire (2015). In November 2018, Sarah Butler – TLC Showcase authorshe published a novella, Not Home, written in conversation with people living in unsupported temporary accommodation in Manchester. Her new novel, Jack and Bet, will be published by Picador in Spring 2020. Sarah’s work explores ideas of home, belonging, identity, family, and urban landscapes. She is currently a CHASE Scholar in Creative Writing at the Open University and lectures part-time in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sarah also explores the relationship between writing and place through participatory projects. Recent writing residencies include writer-in-residence on the Central line; at Great Ormond Street Hospital; and Stories From The Road – a project exploring personal stories of Oxford Road, Manchester.

TLC’s Regional Ambassadors Scheme

TLC’s Regional Ambassadors are hosting a series of workshops for writers through 2019 in Exeter, Norwich, Birmingham, and Bradford, in association with TLC’s regional literature development partners. You can find out more on the main Events page here. If you would like to host a TLC Regional Ambassador in your area, please get in touch with us on 


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