London Writers Network
Mentoring for Writers

Join Kerry Hudson, Cecilia Knapp, Dorothea Smartt and Joe Sedgwick for an evening of talks and discussion on mentoring for writers.

This event will explore mentoring from both the viewpoint of the mentor and the mentee with practical advice on how to find a mentor, apply for schemes, or organise support. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and network over wine and nibbles.

This event is specially curated for members of the London Writers Network, Spread the Word’s membership scheme. Our London Writers Network events are designed to give our members access to the resources and knowledge they need to develop their writing craft and career. Members can attend two London Writers Network events for free each year and get 10% off our paid programme. They also receive a quarterly newsletter and special offers from our friends and partners. And all this for only £25 a year. You can sign up / buy membership for a friend here.

Kerry Hudson


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Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen and is an award-winning novelist of two books Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and Thirst. She is currently writing Lowborn: Growing up, Getting Away an Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns, her first work of non-fiction, and a companion column on poverty in the UK for The Pool.
Cecilia Knapp is a writer, poet, performer and educator. She's performed her work all over the UK and internationally and at festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Camp Bestival and the Cheltenham Literature festival, where she was guest curator in 2016. She tackles loss, love, bereavement and mental illness in her work, believing in the power of sharing stories and how they can heal and unite us. She is an ambassador for the mental health charity C.A.L.M.

Cecilia Knapp


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Cecilia Knapp is a poet, playwright and performer. Her commissions include the TATE, the V&A and the BBC and she has appeared in Vogue and Dazed magazines. Her first piece for theatre ‘Finding Home’ toured the UK for two years and is available in print, published by Burning Eye. Her latest play 'Losing the Night’ premiered at the Roundhouse in June. She is working on her debut collection and is writing her first novel. Cecilia is currently poet in residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Dorothea Smartt


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Dorothea Smartt, is an internationally respected poet/live artist. London-born with Barbadian heritage, her achievements include being Attached Live Artist at the ICA, and her poetry collection Ship Shape [Peepal Tree Press, 2008], is an ‘A’ Level English Literature title. She is a qualified creative coach. She was instrumental in developing Centerprise Literature Development Project in the 1990’s. In recognition of her contribution to British cultural life, she was nominated for a Barbados Golden Jubilee Award. Together with Kadija George, she runs INSCRIBE: Black & Asian Writer Development Program. INSCRIBE grew out of the work that Peepal Tree Press would find itself doing with writers. This work was formalised as INSCRIBE, with Kadija George initially at the helm, and as series editor of the INSCRIBE imprint. As co-directors they have developed INSCRIBE to a national programme of workshops, residentials, long-term mentoring and coaching. The INSCRIBE programme is supported through Peepal Tree Press as an Arts Council, England national portfolio organisation.

Joe Sedgwick


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Joe Sedgwick is the Editorial Services Officer at The Literary Consultancy, having started at the company as a paid intern in 2015. He has an English Literature and American Studies degree from Manchester University and an MA in Publishing from Kingston University. He has also undertaken internships at Palgrave MacMillan and Bloomsbury. Joe supports TLC’s core editorial and operational services, managing its team of readers and mentors and overseeing all database management. He is the first point of contact for all enquiries, and oversees the day-to-day running of the office. Joe is currently working towards becoming a qualified copy-editor through the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.