Talks/Speaking

In addition to running a successful spoken word show that has toured festivals and fringes across the UK to sell-out crowds since 2011 (for details of how to book me as a poet, go here), I have five years’ experience writing and talking about self-publishing and the literary underground as a journalist across the internet and in print, and as a speaker and conference panelist. My book Self-publish With Integrity is a distillation of those years of experience, and I would recommend that as a starting point for those wanting to find out my approach to self-publishing and the writing life. With a decade of teaching experience before I started self-publishing, I am an experienced, engaging, and inspirational speaker as well as an informative and, if necessary, controversial keynote speaker or panelist. My appearances have been as diverse as compering the 2011 PowWow Literary Festival in Birmingham, taking part in industry roundtables on self-publishing, speaking at the launch of the Alliance of Independent Authors at the 2012 London Book Fair, and hosting a conversation at Waterstones Piccadilly with two of the biggest stars of the literary underground, Tao Lin and Ben Brooks.

I have also written a column for the magazine Words With Jam since 2009 on social media for writers, and delivered talks about how writers can use social media to writers’ groups. I am very happy to talk about any aspect of the writing or self-publishing process, especially the use of social media. Ideally, you would provide access to teh internet and a projector so that I can demonstrate as we go, but this isn’t essential.

You can find links to samples of my journalism here, and an archive of my events here.

My rates

Please note that I am open to negotiation in special circumstances, but I always need to cover my expenses.

Travel expenses need to be paid. I will usually travel by bus or by train and will make every effort to travel by the cheapest means available. If I need to stay overnight, I will do so as cheaply as possible, but again that would need to be covered. In addition to these costs:

Delivering a workshop or instructional session, for which I will prepare and bring handouts, will cost £200 if I am able to travel within a single day. If I need to stay overnight, to cover travel time on the other day, £250.

Speaking at a conference or a festival on a single panel £100, or £150 if I need to stay overnight.

Delivering a keynote speech, or attending a conference for a whole day, making myself available during breaks £250, or £300 if I need to stay overnight. If I am there for a whole day or more, I am very happy also to provide a poetry performance.

In addition, I would ask that a space to sell my books is available, and that publicity mentions my books.

I am happy to provide an invoice in advance or on the day, but prompt payment is essential.

Contact
You can reach me at eightcutsgallery@googlemail.com

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