The Big Question – Inpress Day

£2 per person

Suitable for ages 16+

Inpress Presents… Tricks of the Trade: A Guide to the World of Publishing

How to get published?

The question we all want to know the answer to, how do I get my book published?

For a mixture of practical advice and good old fashioned encouragement, join poet and novelist Carolyn Jess-Cooke, agent Mark Stanton and commissioning editor Hannah Knowles who come prepared to share their knowledge and expertise.

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Meet the panel

Carolyn Jess- Cooke

 is a writer, editor, and academic from Belfast. Her poetry collection Inroads (Seren, 2010) received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, a Tyrone Guthrie Prize, a Northern Writers Award and a Major Arts Council of England Award, and shortlisted for several others. Her second collection, Boom! (Seren, 2014), received a Northern Writers Award and a K Blundell Award from the Society of Authors. Her novels The Guardian Angel’s Journal (Piatkus, 2011) and The Boy Who Could See Demons (Piatkus, 2012) are published in a total of 23 languages, and her third novel I Know My Name (HarperCollins, 2017) is being made into a TV series. As Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow she leads research in the fields of creative writing and mental health and the impact of motherhood on women’s writing. She lives with her husband and four children in Whitley Bay.

Stan (Mark Stanton)

Stan (Mark Stanton) worked at Canongate Books for more than six years before becoming an agent in 2003. He represents writers from an array of genres including: literary and book club fiction, crime and thrillers, as well as non-fiction – particularly in the areas of biography, sport and popular culture. In 2011 he was short-listed for Literary Agent of the Year. He didn’t win.


Hannah Knowles

Hannah Knowles is senior commissioning editor at Canongate Books. She has worked in the publishing industry for 12 years, including at Hachette and Random House prior to joining Canongate. Whilst predominantly commissioning non-fiction popular culture titles, Hannah has a broad love of books, whether crime fiction, graphic novels or autobiographies. During her career she has commissioned a wide range of authors, from SBTV entrepreneur Jamal Edwards and musician & podcaster Scroobius Pip, to co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors and business owner and campaigner Gina Miller. She is always on the lookout for fresh, exciting and significant voices.



WRITE Festival 2018

This event is part of The Word’s WRITE Festival which is being held between 12 – 25 May 2018.

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