'How do we encourage new writers to be brave and not bland? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of being brave? And what are the potential benefits and pitfalls of blandness?'
Guests: Lucy Durneen & Antonella Gambrotto-Burke
Lucy Durneen is a writer and editor for the literary journal Short Fiction, based in the South West of England. Her fiction and poetry has been shortlisted for awards including Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award, the Bridport Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize, and appeared in journals across the UK, Europe and America, including Poetry Ireland Review, Two Thirds North, Litro, and The Stockholm Review of Literature. Her Creative Non-Fiction has been published in World Literature Today, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Her first short story collection, Wild Gestures, is out now from MidnightSun.
Antonella Gambotto-Burke is a critic, journalist and novelist. She is the author of The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide and Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution, among others. She also contributes to a raft of international newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Times (UK), Vogue, Elle, The Australian, The Telegraph (UK), The Mail on Sunday(UK), The South China Morning Post and The Guardian(UK). Her work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published in various anthologies. The Mirror (UK) recently included her in a select group of the world's most inspiring feminists.
Our guests will be joined on the panel by Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing Sonia Overall.
Sonia Overall writes fiction and poetry. She has a strong interest in psychogeography and site-specific writing, form, intertextuality and performance-based approaches to text. Sonia has written and abridged work for street theatre and has published two novels, A Likeness and The Realm of Shells, and a chapbook of poetry, The Art of Walking. She is the founder of Women Who Walk, a network of women using walking in their creative and academic practice. #soniaoverall #womenwhowalknet
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