Meet the Professionals

Join the conversation

Every month we are offering you the fantastic opportunity of taking part in a fully interactive online event with a professional from the writing industry.

The events are hosted by Sunday Writers’ Club co-founder Keith Gray and take the form of part conversation, part interview – with you asking the questions.

How does Meet the Professionals work?

We are inviting publishers, agents, editors, translators, illustrators, publicists and of course authors to chat with us. In fact, we will feature some of the most interesting voices in the writing industry from Vienna, the UK and the rest of the world.

Each Meet The Professionals online event lasts approximately one hour and will be accessed using the Zoom platform. Be aware that we purposely keep audience figures small so we can be certain everyone will have the opportunity to be part of the conversation.

SWC members will be given preferential booking and receive information about our guest professional before the general public. Scroll down to find out more about our next guests.

The cost to be part of the conversation is only  €10.

Sign-up for the event will close 24 hours before it’s due to begin (or when it’s full).

Keith will contact you personally a few days before the event with the Zoom link. Please be sure you’ve downloaded the required app and checked that it works.

Upcoming Events


Adrian Mead – Sunday 21 February 2021 – 20:00 (C.E.T.)


From hairdresser to nightclub bouncer to award-winning radio dramatist, screenwriter and director. Adrian Mead certainly has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to telling stories people want to read, hear and watch.

Adrian has written and directed film, radio and TV projects for all of the UK’s major broadcasters – including BBC primetime drama Waking the Dead and River City, as well as children’s TV favourites such as MI High and Molly and Mack. His first feature film, Night People, won him a Scottish BAFTA and Cineworld Audience Award.

Thanks to his varied experience and extensive knowledge, Adrian has mentored many new and emerging writers, and is a much sort-after speaker and lecturer. Perhaps you’d like to explore the possibilities of writing for TV and film; maybe you’ve considered adapting your own work for the screen. How do you go about writing a screenplay compared to a novel or short story? Who should you approach once it’s written? Join the conversation with Adrian and have the chance to ask everything you’d love to know about screenwriting.

You can watch Adrian’s award-winning short film Killer here.

Past Events


Fraser Ross Associates, Literary Agency and Consultancy – Sunday 17 January 2021 – 20:00 (C.E.T.)

This event is now fully booked. Please check back soon to find out more about our Meet the Professionals event in February.


We are extremely excited and fortunate to have literary agents Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross of Fraser Ross Associates  joining us for January’s ‘Meet the Professionals’ online event.

Some of you may remember Kathryn Ross’ name being mentioned several times during our October event with author and biographer Catherine Simpson. Kathryn Ross was her mentor in the early years, helping guide her towards publication of her first ever novel.

Together with Lindsey Fraser, Kathryn ran Scottish Book Trust (Scotland’s national charity for promoting literature, reading and writing) for over 10 years before the pair moved on to create their own literary agency in 2002. For over 30 years Lindsey and Kathryn have dedicated themselves to building bridges between writers and their readers. They’ve been regular book reviewers for many of the UK national newspapers and have administered several major writing awards for both professional and amateur writers. They’ve been at the forefront of nurturing young people’s writing ambitions across the length and breadth of Scotland through their management of two unique creative writing initiatives for school pupils: The Pushkin Prizes and Young Walter Scot Award. Their literary agency represents authors, illustrators, television writers and non-fiction writers from all over the world. Their knowledge and wealth of experience with writing, writers, their books and their readers is second-to-none.

How does an agent work with an author? Do you need to be represented by an agent to get published? What kind of help and guidance can a mentor offer a writer? How the hell do you even get an agent or a mentor?

Join the conversation on Sunday January 17 for the essential opportunity to ask your own questions about agents, mentors and the inner-workings of the publishing process directly to two of the most highly respected writer-developers and author-creators working in the industry today.

For more information, see their website here:

Phil Earle – Sunday 22 November 2020, 20:00hrs (CET – ‘Vienna time’)

Phil Earle is an award winner writer for children and teenagers from the UK. But he is also the Sales and Marketing Director for publishing house David Fickling Books.

On the one hand, Phil has written over a dozen books for young readers including ‘Being Billy’ which was shortlisted for both the Waterstones and Branford Boase book awards and ‘Get Me Out Of Here’ which he co-wrote with SAS soldier-turned-author, Andy McNab.

While on the other hand, Phil has an intimate knowledge of how the publishing industry and bookselling really works. Not only can he write brilliant books, he knows how to get them into the hands of readers too. And for any author and SWCer out there, knowledge is power, right?

Phil is always in great demand as a speaker in schools, at book festivals and writers’ conferences and we feel extremely lucky he’s agreed to talk to us as part of Meet The Professionals. We guarantee this will be a conversation as entertaining as it is enlightening. Not to be missed!

To fully enjoy and get the most benefit form being in coversation with Phil, we highly recommend making yourself familiar with one or two of his books. You can order them in your local bookshop, find them at all the usual online stories or on his publishers website.

Explore Phil’s own website. You can also follow him on Twitter @philearle.

Book now!

Catherine Simpson – Sunday 18 October 2020, 20:00hrs (CET – ‘Vienna time’)

Catherine is a journalist, poet and author living in Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh.

Her wonderfully perceptive, blackly comic and genuinely moving debut novel ‘Truestory’ was published in 2015. The book follows Alice who lives on an isolated farm with her feckless husband and her 11 year-old son and ‘jailor’, Sam. Sam has Asperger’s and hasn’t set foot outside of the farm in six years. Day-in, day-out, little changes for Alice. Until a stranger with the ability to connect with Sam takes up residence with the family.

Catherine says the novel was inspired by her own daughter, Nina, who is autistic. Catherine and Nina have campaigned at the Scottish Parliament (among other places) for increased acceptance of autism.

Catherine’s second book, ‘When I Had A Little Sister’ is a memoir which is described by the Sunday Times as ‘superb’, by The Observer as ‘riveting, heart-rending, compassionate’, and by Vogue as ‘beautifully under-stated, a starling, elegiac portrait.’ In the book Catherine explores her younger sister’s suicide, piecing together family history using her own memories and the diaries her sister left behind.

Discussing Catherine’s writing and her blend of fiction and memoir is sure to make for an amazing hour of conversation and insight. She is a fabulous writer but great company too.

You can find out more about Catherine on her website. And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter @cath_simpson13.

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