How to Get Published
Gain the practical skills and insider knowledge to help you on your journey to publication. Our expert panel is made up of Briony Bax, editor of Ambit magazine; award-winning playwright, poet and librettist Dan O’Brien; poet and journalist Jade Cuttle; and author, translator and poetry editor of Ambit, André Naffis-Sahely.
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About the panelists
Briony Bax is a poet, producer, editor and social activist. She is editor of Ambit Magazine, Poetry Editor of The New European and has been published in Ambit, Herrings Anthology and was a featured poet in Poetry in Motion in Los Angeles. She founded The Orphan Support League in 2007 which supports the Saidia Children’s Home in Kenya. She sits on the board of Ambit, The Wells Maltings, Theatre Ad Infinitum and The Saidia Children’s Charity (Kenya).
Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, librettist, and recent Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. His most recent play, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage has received the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. His play The Body of an American has been produced in recent years off-Broadway (NY Times Critic’s Pick), in London and around the US. It received the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play, and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Prize for Most Promising Playwright.
O’Brien’s debut poetry collection, War Reporter – praised by the Guardian as ‘a masterpiece of truthfulness and feeling’ – received the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a First Collection. He has taught playwriting at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Princeton University, Brown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Middlebury College, Grinnell College, and many other colleges and Universities in the US. Website
Jade Cuttle read Modern & Medieval Literature (French & Russian) at University of Cambridge, graduating with first-class honours. She has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms (‘The Art of Splinters’) and been commissioned for other BBC podcasts. A double recipient of the Foyle Young Poet Award, she won 1st place in the 2014 BBC Proms’ Poetry Competition and the National Seafaring Limerick Competition 2014 judged by Ian McMillan. She won 2nd place in Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition 2011 (Young Category) and 3rd place in Poetry Book Society’s National Student Poetry Competition 2013, judged by Daljit Nagra. She is a winner in the 2018 Creative Future Literary Awards for her short story ‘Hearts for Sale’, selected by Lemn Sissay, and will receive her prize at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the 2018 London Literature Festival.
Jade is also a singer-songwriter, translating metaphor into melody. Her debut album ‘Leaves & Lovers’ was released to BBC Introducing acclaim. She was Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, closely mentored by Daljit Nagra, where she enjoyed devising and delivering nature-focussed workshops with the public and in schools, including her Poetry of Trees workshop. Selected as a Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic of 2018 and named Best Reviewer (Editor’s Choice) in the Saboteur Awards 2018, Jade reviews widely. Her reviews are published or forthcoming in The Times Literary Supplement, The Poetry Review, The Guardian, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry School, Poetry Wales, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Brixton Review of Books, and Poetry Book Society. Website
André Naffis-Sahely is the author of The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin UK, 2017). He is currently a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Manchester Met’s Writing School and is the poetry editor of Ambit magazine. His translations include over twenty titles of fiction, poetry and nonfiction from French and Italian. His next projects are The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019) and his first pamphlet, The Ghost of 1919 (Rough Trade Books, 2019). Website