Panel Discussion: The State of Publishing: Present and Future in association with New Writing South
Saturday 31 August
Venue: East Sussex College Hastings
10.00 to 12.00
Danuta Kean, who recently wrote a no-holds-barred report on access and opportunity in the publishing industry – will be chairing a panel of authors, publishers and agents as the consider the questions and issues that may well determine the future of publishing. Confirmed are Farhana Sheik of Dahlia Publishing and Mark Edwards who found success through independent publishing and Isobel Dixon, poet and literary agent.
A lively investigation into the publishing industry in the 21st century
Danuta Kean is a respected publishing industry expert and journalist. She writes for the Guardian and is also books editor of Mslexia the writers magazine for women. As well as journalism, she has edited several reports on improving diversity among novelists and in the theatre, the most recent of which was the Arts Council-sponsored Writing the Future and Centre Stage for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
Mark has sold over 2.5 million books since his first solo novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013 and has topped the bestseller lists eight times. His other novels include Follow You Home and The Retreat. His latest novel is Here To Stay, a thriller about in-laws from hell which is partly set in Hastings and Winchelsea Beach.
Originally from Hastings, Mark now lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children, two cats and a golden retriever.
Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She is the founding editor of The Asian Writer. In 2010 she established Dahlia Publishing to publish regional and diverse writing and the Leicester Writes Festival to celebrate local writing talent.
She was part of Curve Theatre’s Cultural Leadership Programme 17/18. In 2017 she won the Penguin/Travelex Next Great Travel Writer competition and has since been longlisted for the Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition and Spread the Word Life Writing Prize. Her short play Risk was developed through the Kali Discovery programme. She is the author of From Imposter to Impact: Arts Leadership in the 21st Century.
Poet and Literary Agent
Isobel is a talented, award-winning poet with several publications under her belt. Originally from South Africa, she currently lives in the UK with her husband. With degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, it was her love for the written word that led her into publishing, where she flourished. Isobel is currently a director at Blake Friedmann. Not only is Isobel a successful poet and literary agent, but she also translates works from Afrikaans into English.