Livia Filotico works for Arvon, the UK’s largest residential writing course organisation. She is Arvon’s communications administrator by day and a live literature programmer by night. Over the years Livia has worked with literary and cultural organisations, bookshops, universities and publishers to promote ideas of enchantment, diversity, and cultural understanding within the arts and cultural sector, both in the UK and internationally.
Category Archives: Author
We spoke to Gemma Seltzer, a London-based writer working live, online and in print. Gemma is the founder of the brilliant morning and online writing class Write and Shine. She opened our minds to the peaceful and sometimes surreal world that exists before the working day starts – a perfect time for unfettered creativity.
We interviewed Nick Lloyd, an independent author living in London. Nick loves writing stories with moral uncertainty, where a reader could take the side of one (or more) protagonists in conflict. His first novel, Emergence, was published on Amazon Kindle and has sold over 10,000 copies to date.
We spoke to Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and President of the Word Alliance – an international network of the world’s leading literary festivals. He shed some light on how one goes about planning a literary festival of this scale, the importance of highlighting translation and the effect digital natives have on the festival.
We asked Ben Galley, author and self-publishing consultant, for some author marketing best practices. Read on for practical advice from a self-publishing veteran with a loyal following and a thriving writing career. If you like Ben’s tips but want to take things a step further with one-on-one support from the man himself, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We interviewed William Johnson, Programme Director of Lambda Literary, a New York based organisation committed to promoting and supporting LGBTQ lives within the literary world. He spoke to us about the importance of LGBTQ representation in literature, the value of the Lambda’s Writing Retreat and the ways in which LGBTQ people outside of London and New York can get support for their writing.
We spoke to Paul Sherreard, Programme Manager at Spread the Word and one of 2016’s Unsung Heroes of Publishing, about Spread the Word’s Flight 1000 programme, the importance of good partnerships and what you can do to further the reach of London’s cultural resources.
We spoke to author Ellie Holmes about her debut novel The Flower Seller, a romantic novel about joining the dating pool again after a long relationship. Read on for Ellie’s writing process, her stance on authors as brands, and news about her upcoming projects.
We had the privilege of interviewing former broadcast journalist and author Rana Nejem. We spoke to her about her quest to promote understanding between Western cultures and the Middle East, her consultancy, Yarnu; and her book When in the Arab World, out today, May 20.