Livia Filotico works for Arvon, the UK’s largest residential writing course organisation. She is Arvon’s communications administrator by day and a live literature programmer by night. Over the years Livia has worked with literary and cultural organisations, bookshops, universities and publishers to promote ideas of enchantment, diversity, and cultural understanding within the arts and cultural sector, both in the UK and internationally.
We spoke to Gemma Seltzer, a London-based writer working live, online and in print. Gemma is the founder of the brilliant morning and online writing class Write and Shine. She opened our minds to the peaceful and sometimes surreal world that exists before the working day starts – a perfect time for unfettered creativity.
We interviewed Nick Lloyd, an independent author living in London. Nick loves writing stories with moral uncertainty, where a reader could take the side of one (or more) protagonists in conflict. His first novel, Emergence, was published on Amazon Kindle and has sold over 10,000 copies to date.
We spoke to Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and President of the Word Alliance – an international network of the world’s leading literary festivals. He shed some light on how one goes about planning a literary festival of this scale, the importance of highlighting translation and the effect digital natives have on the festival.
We interviewed Michel Lafrance, the founder and managing director of The Owl Field, a 3D audio storytelling production company. His work received the bronze award for The Bookseller FutureBook BookTech Company of the Year 2015. Here we speak to him about the beginnings of his company, the source of The Owl Field’s content and which genre lends itself particularly well to a 3D audio experience.
We interviewed one half of the team behind book-themed apparel company and new app Litsy, Todd Lawton (right). We spoke to him about new manifestations of literary appreciation, how readers are choosing to enter conversations about books, and what to keep as a priority when starting a business.
Andrew Holgate has worked in the book trade his whole career, in bookselling, publishing and literary journalism. He joined The Sunday Times as Deputy Literary Editor in 1999 and has been Literary Editor since 2008.We interviewed him about reviewing books, the future of self-published work in the pages of broad sheets and the prevalence of good book editors in the UK.
We spoke to Katy Massey, editor of the Tangled Roots, an anthology of mixed race life writing from Britain. The annual Tangled Roots edition brings together over 30 writers to answer the question: What is life like for mixed families in Britain today?
We spoke to Carole Tonkinson, Founder and Publisher of Pan Macmillan’s Bluebird: Books for Life imprint, which focuses on self-improvement books. Before this, Carole was Publisher for Harper Nonfiction. She gave us a little insight on what she wished she’d known when she started, the massive success of Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15, and how magazine publishing affected her approach to book publishing.