Book Tickets

Surrey New Writers Festival

Presented by the University of Surrey

G Live, Guildford

Sat 15 March, 11am - 10pm

Surrey New Writers Festival


Join an exciting collective of authors, publishers, and agents for lively panel discussions and industry insights.

Topics covered include:

• Scriptwriting
• Literature and Creative Technologies
• Novelists on the Novel
• Publishing insights, book launches and more!

The Surrey New Writers Festival is an annual public festival affiliated with the Creative Writing programme at the University of Surrey. We aim to create a festival that will engage with writing and creativity in dynamic ways. Our programming is of interest not only to current and potential Surrey students, but also to the wider community of Guildford and surrounding areas.

For more information and for the full programme please visit:



Tickets: £5* per event (Students: £3* per event)
Festival Pass: £20* (Students: £12*)
The Festival Pass provides access to all panels and the Soiree.


The reception is open to audience members who have attended at least one session, or who have a ticket to the Soiree.

*A 50 pence per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Friends of G Live; Groups of 8+ please call 0844 7701 797 to buy fee-free.

Festival Schedule

Festival opens

Coffee and tea will be available throughout the day.

11.30am - 12.30pm
Discussion panel:
Literature and Creative Technologies
How we access, read, and share information has changed rapidly over the past decade. This panel, featuring university librarians Gill Downham and Kate Cushon will explore the ever-evolving way we read, learn, and express ourselves through literature. 

12.45pm - 1.45pm
Discussion panel
The Business and Craft of Scriptwriting
Interested in writing for the screen, stage, or radio? This panel features acclaimed scriptwriters (Mark Davies Markham, Stephen Mollett, and Jon Crewe) who will speak about their craft and the business of writing for film, TV, and radio.

2.45pm - 3.45pm
Discussion panel:

Novelists on the Novel
Join four dynamic novelists (Beatrice Hitchman, Zoe Pilger, Paul Vlitos, and Tabish Khair) for a discussion about the challenges and joys of penning a novel, and the path they’ve taken to publish their work.

4pm - 5pm
Discussion panel:

Industry Insiders: Agents and Publishers
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a literary agent or publisher is like? Agents Alex Christofi and Carrie Plitt from Conville and Walsh Literary Agency, Samantha Haywood from Transatlantic Literary Agency, and Candida Lacey, Publisher and Managing Director of Myriad Editions will speak about their roles in the publishing industry, and what they look for in representing and working with an author.

5pm - 7pm
Wine Reception

Please join us the Festival panelists for an informal reception. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

7pm - 10pm
Saturday Night Soiree

Featuring the launch of Robert Fitterman’s poetry collection from Veer Books, the launch of the latest videogame from CMA Megacorp, as well as some surprise performances from Guildford poets.


G Live's Café-Bar will be open two hours before this performance for light bites and refreshments. For more information, or to reserve a table, please email or call the Ticket Desk on 0844 7701 797.