Industry Insights for Novelists (Online)

Saturday 20 April
10.00 - 16.00
£ 22.00 - (£17.00 conc)

Join us for a day of inspirational talks and networking for novelists at the beginning of their career.

Enrich your understanding of the literary world through a series of online sessions led by agents, authors and industry professionals. The day will also include creative prompts to help you reflect on your writing practice and the opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

The programme for the day includes:

  • Professional insights into publishing and the business of writing with The Society of Authors
  • How to pitch to agents with Jenny Hewson (Lutyens and Rubinstein)
  • A publishing panel featuring representatives from independent and major publishing houses
  • Open and honest conversations about the highs and lows of life as a writer

More details and further speakers to be announced shortly.

The Industry Insights day will take place online via Zoom.

Dan Bird joined Granta in July 2019. After initially working as part of Granta’s campaigns team, he moved into the editorial department in 2021. As Editor, he now acquires across both fiction and non-fiction. Recent titles on which he’s worked include: Hiroko Oyamada’s Weasels in the Attic (translated by David Boyd), Sam Mills’s The Watermark, Justin Torres’s Blackouts, Walter Kempowski’s An Ordinary Youth (translated by Michael Lipkin) and A.K. Blakemore’s The Glutton. Prior to joining Granta, he worked at Waterstones, as both a bookseller and events coordinator, while completing an MA in Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary University of London.

Jenny Hewson is a literary agent at Lutyens & Rubinstein. She represents a wide range of award winning and bestselling authors from around the world, including Sarah Perry, Melissa Harrison, Christos Tsiolkas, Alexander MacLeod, Lauren Owen, Ishi Robinson and Clare Pollard amongst many others.




Onyi Nwabineli is a Nigerian-British writer and headwrap aficionado. Born in Benin, Nigeria, she grew up in Glasgow, the Isle of Man and Newcastle, and now lives in London. Onyi is the co-founder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund that provides fiscal support for survivors of sexual assault, and the founder of Black Pens, a writing retreat for Black women. Someday, Maybe is her debut novel. More information can be found on her website: Image © Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka


Jon Ransom‘s debut, The Whale Tattoo, was published to great acclaim in 2022, and won the 2023 Polari First Book Prize. He was a mentee on the 2019 Escalator Talent Development scheme at the National Centre for Writing, and his short stories have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Queer Life, Queer Love. His second novel, The Gallopers, was published in January 2024. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives near Cambridge.