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Pitch to Publishers 

A fast-paced pitching session where each writer gets around a minute to pitch their book idea to publishers Kevin Duffy from multi-award-winning Yorkshire-based indie publisher Bluemoose Books and Sarah Castleton, Editorial Director, Hachette Book Group. Also on the panel, award-winning author and creative writing tutor Michael Stewart, who has a body of work that includes novels, short stories, narrative non-fiction, radio and stage plays, and poetry collections.

We will contact all ticket holders by email prior to the event to see if they want to pitch or simply attend the event – please look out for the email in your inbox.

Please note: this event follows Words, Vision & Sound in the same venue – a free 30-minute immersive event of poetry, visuals and music. We recommend you arrive by 6.30pm to experience this event before Pitch to Publishers, or alternatively that you arrive no earlier than 7pm so that you don’t disturb the audience’s enjoyment of the prior event. 

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.  

Kevin Duffy was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire but grew up in Woodley just outside Stockport. He lives in Hebden Bridge with Hetha, co-founder of Bluemoose, his two sons and their dog, Eric. Bluemoose Books is a multi-award-winning independent publisher, which publishes up to 10 titles a year, many of which are shortlisted or win literary awards. Authors include Benjamin Myers, Devika Ponnambalam, Rónán Hession and Kevin Boniface. 

Sarah Castleton is Editorial Director at Hachette Book Group. She joined the imprint Corsair in 2011 as Commissioning Editor, to bring a new eye and sensitivity to the list of unique writers, and to nurture new and diverse voices. Sarah grew up in Sheffield and now works from Hachette’s Sheffield office, following over two decades as an editor in London. 

Michael Stewart is a multi award-winning writer and Head of Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield. His debut novel King Crow won the Guardian’s Not the Booker Award, and his latest novel The Last Wolf will be published later this year https://www.michael-stewart.org.uk/ 

Date: Wednesday 24 April 

Time: 7.15pm-8.30pm 

Venue: Heritage Quay, Schwann Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH 

Tickets: £5 

Age guidance: 16+ 

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