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.
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 a 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.
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.