Do you want to write for a living, or help writers get their work published? Come and meet Royal Holloway alumni who work in publishing, or as writers. Hear about their career journey, find out what their job is like day to day and get some advice on how to launch your own career in writing.
Ash Ditta - Co-writer of The Catherine Tate Show (with Catherine Tate), winning several awards, and has written for many television shows including Channel 4’s ‘No Angels’ and most recently he has written for the Sky Atlantic series, Mr Sloane which was devised by Robert Weide of Curb Your Enthusiasm. His one off comedy Do Not Disturb aired this January and is now going to a series. Aschlin has three more films in development ‘Men Who Swim’ with Shoebox and ‘Yours Hopefully’ with Studio Canal. ‘Puffins’ his first feature as a writer/ director goes into Production the Summer of 2016. He is also writing Brush Contact, a feature film based on the true story of a special forces soldier in 2001. His other feature films include ‘Scenes of a Sexual Nature’ with Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Eileen Atkins and Gina McKee and ‘French Film’ with Hugh Bonneville and Eric Cantona for which he won Best Screenplay at the Monte Carlo Film Festival 2008. He has also recently written a stage musical, Meantime, with Douglas Hodge (who has recently returned from Broadway where he received many plaudits for his role as Cyrano, and is now receiving rave reviews for his role as Willy Wonka in London's West End) and a film musical ‘Welcome To England’ currently at Pinewood, to be directed by Michael Gracey.
Hannah Cawse - Audio Assistant at Hachette Book Group. Some information from Hannah herself: As an Audio Assistant at Headline and Quercus, no two days are the same. I get to hear stories and books come to life through fantastic readers. After graduating from Royal Holloway with a degree in English, I had a number of editorial internships before becoming a Publishing Assistant with Children’s publisher, Ransom. From there I went on to join Headline and Quercus where I look for opportunities to expand our audio lists, work with editors and studios on the casting of audiobooks and help with the production of titles.
Mark Dredge - Mark Dredge writes about beer and he has the best job in the world. It all started with a blog soon after he graduated university and a dedication to drinking delicious beers has led him to write four books focusing on beer, food and travel (winning numerous writing awards along the way). He writes for print and online around the world, is an international beer judge, hosts training programmes and beer-tasting events and works as a Brand Journalist for a major brewer.
Moore Building Lecture Theatre (MBLT) (Building 12 on PDF map)
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