Held at the Wales Millennium Centre on Friday 1st November, this full-day event includes talks on various aspects of the writing journey for both fiction and poetry from best-selling authors and poets, a networking lunch, and an informative interactive panel discussion with leading literary agents.

If you’re an aspiring writer or poet with a manuscript or a collection that you are preparing to submit, or simply someone at the beginning of your writing journey, don’t miss out on what promises to be a day essential to taking your project that little bit closer to publication.



09.30-10.00: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

10.00-11.00: Establishing a sense of place with Raymond Antrobus

11.00-11.20: Comfort break

11.20-12.20: The value of poetry in telling stories with Gillian Clarke 

12.20-13.30: Lunch break (lunch included)

13.30-14.30: Creating your cast of characters with Emma Glass

14.30-14.50: Comfort break

14.50-16:00: How to submit your work to agents: panel discussion with leading literary agents Judith Murray and final agent TBC

16.00-17.00: Drinks reception


Speaker Profiles

Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father, he is the author of ‘Shapes & Disfigurements’, ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ and ‘The Perseverance’

His poems have been published in POETRY, Poetry Review, News Statesman, The Deaf Poets Society, as well as in anthologies from Bloodaxe, Peepal Tree Press and Nine Arches. Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals to universities.

His poetry has appeared on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, The Big Issue, The Jamaica Gleaner, The Guardian and at TedxEastEnd. Sky Arts and Ideas Tap listed Raymond in the top 20 promising young artists in the UK. The Fadar listed Raymond as a Writer Of Colour to watch out for.

In 2019 he won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize.

Emma Glass was born in Swansea. She studied English literature and creative writing at the University of Kent, then decided to become a nurse and went back to study children’s nursing at Swansea University.

She lives in South London and is a research nurse specialist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. PEACH is her first novel.

Gillian Clarke was born in Cardiff, Wales, and has published several collections of poetry including Letter From a Far Country; Letting in the Rumour; The King of Britain’s Daughter; Five Fields and A Recipe for Water. The latest three collections have all been Poetry Book Society Recommendations.

She is President of Ty Newydd, the Writer’s Centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990, and teaches on the M.Phil Writing Course at the University of Glamorgan. She has travelled widely giving poetry readings and lectures, and her work has been translated into ten languages.

In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. In 2011 she was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. In 2012 she received the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry award. The book Ice was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2012.

Judith Murray joined Greene & Heaton agency in 1995. She studied at Wadham College, Oxford and has a First in English Literature. She has worked as an editor at a number of UK publishing houses and as a talent scout for translation publishers. Judith loves literary fiction and well-written genre fiction, including thrillers, crime, historical novels and women’s fiction; and literary non-fiction including history, biography, memoirs, cookery and travel writing.

Final agent to be confirmed.