This interactive talk aims to help new and emerging writers better understand the business of the writing industry. It will cover how to protect your copyright, the role of a literary agent, and highlight the funding and support opportunities are available to new writers. Leading literary agent Clare Alexander will be joined by ALCS’ legal expert Richard Combes in conversation with New Writing North’s Chief Executive, Claire Malcolm. All speakers will be ready to answer your questions and you’ll also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance, when you book.

This talk will take place on Zoom. You don’t need your own Zoom account to join us, just a computer, laptop or phone and an internet connection. Live captioning will be available.

Clare Alexander became a literary agent in 1998 after more than 20 years as a publisher, latterly as Publisher of Viking and Hamish Hamilton and Editor-in-chief of Macmillan. While at Viking she was the editor of the winners of the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the Whitbread prize, the first editor ever to achieve this hat trick. She is currently chair of Aitken Alexander Associates, a major literary agency based in London.

Richard Combes joined the ALCS legal team in 2002, having previously worked in private practice, and became Head of Rights and Licensing in 2007. His work at ALCS focuses on the development of collective rights and licensing schemes in the UK and internationally, aimed at providing writers with fair remuneration for the re-use of their work.

Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North.

Tickets £5 + booking fee. Bursary tickets are available, see booking link.

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These sessions are supported by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).