Exeter Central Library
Accessibility to digital literature is ever increasing and offers fantastic opportunities to writers and publishers alike, but also brings challenges to the traditional world of literature. Guest Speakers Tracey Guiry and Sophie Rochester will look at the ways in which digital technologies can be used to get your work published. This event is held in partnership with Cyprus Well, the literature development agency for the South West.
Tracey Guiry is the CEO of Cyprus Well, the literature development agency for the South West of England. Cyprus Well aims to develop outstanding literary talent, but also believes this cannot happen in isolation from the wider literature sector. Cyprus Well supports writers at all stages of their career by developing them in the context of their readers, publishers, libraries, educational institutions, booksellers, arts organisations and commercial sponsors. Cyprus Well’s aim is to enable everyone to write and read to the best of their ability by supporting partnerships and projects that are available throughout the region. Tracey has spent the past 15 years successfully leading cultural organisations, bringing her innovative and entrepreneurial experience to organisational development and fundraising. She sits on The Reading Agency’s ‘Digital Thinktank’ and Cyprus Well is bringing the major publishing industry conference ‘The Future of Publishing’ to Bournemouth in June 2011 in partnership with iNET/South West Screen. The digital possibilities for writers are expanding every day, and Tracey gives an overview of the possibilities for writers to engage, improve and, hopefully, sustain their living.
We are also pleased to welcome Sophie Rochester, Founder and Editor of The Literary Platform, as a speaker at this event. Sophie Rochester worked at 4th Estate and Jonathan Cape (Random House) before moving to digital agency GT London. In 2002 she joined arts consultancy Colman Getty heading up the teams for the Man Booker Prizes and the Guardian Hay Festival. She now works as an independent literary consultant and runs The Literary Platform, (http://www.theliteraryplatform.com) a site dedicated to exploring new platforms for literature, and Fiction Uncovered (http://www.fictionuncovered.co.uk), an Arts Council England funded initiative to uncover our best UK writers. She was brought up in Lympstone, Devon but now works and lives in London.
ArtsMatrix network events offer a key note speaker followed by a question and answer session, with plenty of opportunity for networking. If you are looking to meet like minded individuals, discuss topical issues within the sector and identify opportunities, then this event is exactly what you need.
5th May 2011 | 18:00 - 20:00
Exeter Central Library
Members £6 | Non Members £8
Please note - this event has been re-scheduled from 24th March