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Small But Mighty: Galley Beggar Press (cancelled)

Saturday 23 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
6 - 7pm
£7.50

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled

For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

Galley Beggar Press is the ‘revolutionary’ (Telegraph) Norwich-based independent publisher taking the literary awards circuit by storm. Co-founders Sam Jordison and Eloise Millar are joined by prize-winning Alex Pheby, author of Lucia (2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize) and Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young (2018 Desmond Elliott Prize) to discuss the small but mighty power of the indie press.

‘A tiny publisher… with a cartload of guts’ – Guardian

Read: ‘The kindness of strangers has saved our publishers’ (Evening Standard, December 2019)

Read: ‘Lucy Ellmann ‘masterpiece’ wins Goldsmiths Prize’ (The Bookseller, November 2019)

Galley Beggar Press was co-founded by Sam Jordison and Eloise Millar. They are an independent publisher committed to publishing daring, innovative fiction and narrative non-fiction. Over the past six years, their authors – from Lucy Ellmann (Ducks, Newburyport), Preti Taneja (We That Are Young), to Eimear McBride (A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing), Alex Pheby (Lucia), and beyond – have gone on to be longlisted, shortlisted, and the winners of over twenty of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Wellcome Book Prize, The Goldsmiths Prize, The Desmond Elliott Prize, The Jan Michalski Prize, The Folio Prize, The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize. Website

‘A small-but-mighty institution’ – The Desmond Elliott Prize

‘Revolutionary’ – The Telegraph

Preti TanejaPreti Taneja was born and grew up in the UK. She teaches writing in prisons and in universities, and has worked with youth charities and in conflict and post-conflict zones on minority and cultural rights. She is the co-founder of ERA Films, and of Visual Verse, the anthology of art and words. Her debut novel We That Are Young won the Desmond Elliott Prize and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Website

‘Brilliant… finely crafted… Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts: a page-turner that is also unabashedly political.’ – Guardian on Preti Taneja’s novel We That Are Young

Alex Pheby was born in Essex, but moved to Worcester in his early childhood. He has Masters degrees in critical theory (Manchester Metropolitan University) and creative writing (Goldsmiths) and a doctorate in critical and creative writing from the UEA. His novel Lucia won the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Greenwich.

‘A writer possessed of unusual indeed, extraordinary powers… Read [Lucia] with your eyes wide open.’ – Guardian on Alex Pheby’s novel Lucia

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May 23, 2020 6:00 pm May 23, 2020 6:00 pm Europe/London Small But Mighty: Galley Beggar Press (cancelled) Writers' Centre Norwich –

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. Galley Beggar Press is the ‘revolutionary’ (Telegraph) Norwich-based independent publisher taking the literary awards circuit by storm. Co-founders Sam Jordison and […]

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