London Writers Network
Meet the Publishers

First came the Agents, then the Editors, now Spread the Word invites you to Meet the Publishers...

A panel of literary publishers – Crystal Mahey-Morgan from OWN IT!, Gary Budden and Kit Caless from Influx Press, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf from Cassava Republic and Lizzie Huxley-Jones from 3 of Cups will lead a special insight session into the realms of literature publishing. This will include an outline of the publishing process, ways in which writers can take their work to the next stage and top tips on how to approach a publisher.

After the talk, you are welcome and encouraged to chat to the publishers and meet fellow writers at a warm social event curated by Spread the Word. The event is open to all and tickets are available for non-members to buy for £6 (standard) or £4 (concessions).

Discounted and free places

This event is free to attend for members of Spread the Word’s London Writers Network as part of their membership offer, which includes access to two free London Writers Network events a year.  If you’re a London Writers Network member, please login to book your free place. Interested in joining the London Writers Network? Membership is open to all.

To see if you are eligible for a concession ticket rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.


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Crystal Mahey-Morgan

Founder of OWN IT!


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Crystal Mahey-Morgan is the founder of OWN IT! Entertainment Limited. OWN IT! is a storytelling lifestyle brand, telling stories across books, music, fashion and film. At the heart of everything it does is a desire to share, empower, celebrate and inspire.

Gary Budden

Influx Press


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Gary is a writer and editor at Influx Press. Influx Press publish stories from the margins of culture, specific geographical spaces and sites of resistance that remain under explored in mainstream literature.

Kit Caless

Influx Press


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Gary is a writer and editor at Influx Press. Influx Press publish stories from the margins of culture, specific geographical spaces and sites of resistance that remain under explored in mainstream literature.

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf

Co-founder at Cassava Republic


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Bibi is co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s leading publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press. The press aims to change the way the world thinks about African writing.

Lizzie Huxley-Jones

Editorial and Communications Director at 3 of Cups Press


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Founded in 2017, 3 of Cups is a micropublisher, championing marginalised and minority voices.