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Join leading writers and publishers at our Creative Writing MA event

On Wednesday 25 April (10am – 12pm) join Araminta Hall, David Headley, Candida Lacey and Erinna Metley for a free event on our Falmer campus. Four expert panellists from the worlds of publishing and writing competitions will be discussing their work, giving advice on finding an audience for your writing, and answering your questions.

Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend, please email Jess Moriarty at jsm@brighton.ac.uk

About the speakers


Araminta Hall has worked as a writer, journalist and teacher. Her first novel, Everything & Nothing, was published in 2011 and became a Richard & Judy read that year. Her second, Dot, was published in 2013.

She teaches creative writing at New Writing South in Brighton, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the great niece of Dodie Smith and great granddaughter of Lawrence Beesley, who survived the Titanic and wrote a bestselling account of the tragedy in the book, The Loss of the SS Titanic.

Her latest book, Our Kind of Cruelty, ‘the most addictive psychological thriller of 2018,’ will be published by Penguin Random House in 2018. It is a deeply unsettling love story, in which a secret game between lovers has deadly consequences…


David Headley studied theology in London and Durham before co-founding and becoming the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, a much admired, leading independent bookseller, based in central London.

David has spent the last 17 years establishing Goldsboro Books and building good relationships with editors within the UK’s major publishing houses. He has gained a reputation for championing debut authors and he created the UK’s largest collectors’ book club and is influential in selling large quantities of hardback fiction in the UK. David has won an award for bookselling and in 2015 he was included in the Top 100 most influential people in publishing by The Bookseller.

David is the managing director of the D H H Literary Agency which he founded in 2008 and represents an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors.


Candida Lacey is Publisher and Managing Director of Myriad Editions. After completing her doctorate in English and American Literature at the University of Sussex, she worked as a commissioning editor at Routledge, Pandora Press, HarperCollins and Jonathan Cape. She joined Myriad to work on the ‘State of the World’ series of infographic atlases before, in 2004, launching a new publishing programme designed to showcase emerging authors. She is co-founder and director of the First Fictions Festival and organises Myriad’s annual First Drafts competition.


Following an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex, Erinna Mettler co-founded the Rattle Tales short story co-operative and in 2014 established the Brighton Prize, Brighton’s only short story competition. Her collection, Starlings, was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2012 and her latest collection, Fifteen Minutes, was published by Unbound in 2017.

Erinna has a particular interest in writing for live performance and her stories have been performed at Latitude by Gethin Anthony and Diana Vickers.

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