Novel London began as a monthly book reading event in London's bookshops and has worked with and promoted over 100 emerging and established writers since 2015. Since transitioning online, it is now a yearly literary competition and festival, which focuses on the novel. Newly published, unpublished and self-published novels are all welcome.
This year's Novel London Literary Festival was held online on Saturday 2nd October 2021.
Join Nadine Matheson and Rupi Gohlar in a discussion on how mentoring can build your confidence and develop your craft.
Nadine Matheson is crime writer and a Criminal Solicitor. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018. She is the author of Jigsaw Man.
Rupi Gohar won the second prize at last year's Novel London literary competition and has been mentored by Nadine Matheson on her debut novel, Same Same But Different.
Hate filling out forms? Want to get on with the writing process but don’t know what support is available? Unsure if you are eligible for that support anyway? In this talk, you will hear an introduction to Arts Council funding programmes, along with some ideas of how you might approach applying for funding for your writing.
Elizabeth Briggs works part time for Arts Council England as a Literature Relationship Manager in London and the surrounding areas. She is also Senior Editor and Rights Manager at independent publisher Saqi Books, founded in 1983 and based in West London. She works on titles across all three imprints, Saqi,Telegram and The Westbourne Press. Her writing has been published in magazines including Moxy Magazine, TACO! and The Punch Magazine, and her chapbook, This Work of Art, was brought by the A3 Press in 2020. She has volunteered with various book and literacy initiatives including The Feminist Library.
Christine started her career as a junior editor at the distinguished publishing house of Faber and Faber; from there she joined the John Johnson literary agency which handled writers such as Dick Francis, Clare Francis and D M Thomas – and where she first met Maeve Binchy. There started a friendship which lasted more than thirty years. Christine formed her own agency in 1984, since when she has worked closely with a small number of clients, among them many prize-winning and best- selling writers.
Sairish Hussain was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire.She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Huddersfield and progressed onto an MA in Creative Writing.
She is the author of The Family Tree, and judge for this year's Novel London Literary Competition. She is also represented by Christine Green. Sairish is currently working on her second book.
We had over 300 entries this year and we are proud to present this year's winners of the Novel London Literary Competition.
Bren Gosling is an Alumnus of City University’s Novel Studio. Shortlisted for Exeter Novel Prize. Finalist for Luke Bitmead Award. Bren’s writing appears in numerous anthologies including The London Short Story Prize and Brighton Prize. He is three times winner of City Writes Short Story competition. Last year, in 2020, he made the shortlist to the Novel London Literary Competition.His play Moment of Grace inspired by Princess Diana’s opening of Britain’s first AIDS Unit won the 2020 NO: INTERMISSION One Act Play Competition.
Bren’s play PROUD inspired by The Street Sweeper runs at New Wimbledon Theatre Autumn ‘21.
"When it came time to compose my first novel, I decided to ‘write what I know.’ So I told a story of the people I’ve known. A tale racism and loss, of ignorance and manipulation, hope and hatred. I wanted to talk about the people who’ve been caught up in webs of power. In thinking about them—and the men who sometimes dominate these poor souls—the most realistic image I could imagine was of the immortal vampire. I’ve known vampires, I’ve worked for them, and I’ve even been a bit of one myself. This vampire story, Rector, is my attempt to tell the truth in the most honest way I can: as a tale of the undead."
- Thomas McKenzie, 2021
Arathi Menon is an author and a columnist based in London. Pan Macmillan, India published her first book, a memoir, Leaving Home With Half A Fridge.
Her middle grade novel, A Mystery at Lili Villa was published by Yali Books in July 2021. She has had a few short stories published and been on a few longlists and shortlists including the Penguin Write Now programme, Faber FAB Prize, Ivan Juritz Prize, United Agents 100X100, the BPA First Novel Award. She completed her MA in Creative Writing Prose Fiction from UEA.
Judges for The Novel London Literary Competition 2021
In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award.
In 2020 his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize.
He lives in Manchester and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Photo credit: Martin Glackin
Sairish Hussain was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire.She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Huddersfield and progressed onto an MA in Creative Writing.
Sairish completed her PhD in 2019 after being awarded the university's Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. Her debut novel, The Family Tree, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award.
She is now writing her second book.
Jon Barton edits for The Literary Consultancy and teaches for City Academy Ltd and Iconic Steps.
He is a London-based screenwriter with ten years’ experience as a dramatist, writing plays, continuing drama for the BBC, and new work for children and young people. His work has been produced onscreen and onstage at major London venues, including The Old Vic and The Almeida. He’s part of the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2021, and his current spec screenplay was recently optioned by Northern Ireland Screen.
His debut novel, Dive, will be published next year.
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