press release
Published: 12 April 2017

Aspiring writers invited to join experts at Surrey New Writers Festival

By Natasha Meredith

Are you a budding writer or want to find out more about the world of publishing? 

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The University of Surrey is excited to welcome some of the finest authors, scriptwriters, literary agents and publishers to the New Writers Festival this May.

Joining us on the day will be award winning author Monica Ali (Surrey’s Distinguished Writer in Residence 2017) who will be delivering a lunchtime lecture to budding writers and Sunday Times bestselling author Elizabeth Noble who will be joining a panel discussion on the importance of public relations and marketing. 

Focussing on the hot topics of the contemporary publishing world the festival will include panel discussions on writing for television, film and the stage, the role of lyric and sound in narrative, how to market yourself and your work, and the importance of genre and labels, with opinions and advice from some of the country’s top publishing professionals.

The day’s discussions will be followed by an opportunity to meet and mingle with our festival guests and attendees at a Wine and Cheese Reception and an Evening Soiree which will include literary readings and poetry.

The New Writers Festival is the latest in a series of literary events led by the Creative Writing team at the University of Surrey and aims to open up the sometimes intimidating world of publishing and writing to students, staff and local community alike.

Full details of the event schedule, festival speakers and all panel discussions can be found at:

This year’s event will once again include the Surrey Poetry Festival; the ‘Poetry Stage’ which will feature a range of special guest poets, performances and readings throughout the day.


  • Festival Pass (including all sessions throughout the day) - £25 per person (£20 students)
  • Free entry to the Poetry Stage and Wine & Cheese Reception when you purchase a Festival Pass
  • Tickets can be purchased directly through GLive – / 01483 369350

To find out more please visit:

If you have any questions regarding this event please email                                                                 

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