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WoWFest: Breaking the class divide

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By Josh McDowell

WoWFest: Breaking the class divide

06 May 2023

Arts Bar Baltic

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This May, join us as we discuss how to make the publishing industry more accessible to diverse voices in the North. Our panel of experts from Comma Press, Liverpool Literary Agency, and Writing on the Wall will demystify the publishing process and provide insight into the current state of diversity and inclusivity in publishing. Along with the panel, we will be launching the Pulp Idol Firsts 2023 anthology featuring brand new novelists from Liverpool. The anthology features the winning chapters of Addae G, Chandana Das and Lee Stevenson, alongside eight other finalists. Don’t miss this exciting event to support and celebrate diverse voices in the North!

Join us for an evening with Isabelle Kenyon and Nia Thomas from Comma Press and Clare Coombes from Liverpool Literary Agency as we demystify the publishing process and talk about accessibility to publishing in the North. 

PLUS, this panel event will be followed by the launch of Pulp Idol – Firsts 2023 – featuring brand new novelists from Liverpool. 

Nia Thomas – Events and Marketing Coordinator at Comma Press. Nia graduated from The Courtauld Institute of Art before moving back to Manchester and co-founding Salt, an independent magazine on arts and Culture. A freelance arts writer, Nia has interviewed various artists and poets and was selected as a Barbican Young visual artist to be exhibited at the Feminist Literary Festival.

Clare Coombes – Founder of the Liverpool Literary Agency. Clare set up the first Liverpool-based literary agency in 2020 to help address inequality and underrepresentation in the publishing industry.  With more than 15 years’ experience of writing and editing professionally, including the publication of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018 – which has received development funding from the Liverpool Film Office for a TV adaptation), she has developed an in-depth knowledge of what commissioning editors and publishers expect to see from a submitted manuscript. With a background in PR and marketing, alongside teaching on creative writing programmes, Clare also has extensive experience in pitching and promoting writers.  

Pulp Idol 2023 – Writing on the Wall have been running our annual Pulp Idol competition for over ten years, publishing the first chapters of the competition’s finalists in an anthology. Many new novelists, including Ariel Khan (Raising Sparks)James Rice (Alice and the Fly)Clare Coombes (Definitions) and most recently Phiippa Holloway (The Half Life of Snails) and Ashleigh Nugent (LOCKS), have found their first publishing success through Pulp Idol.

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