6 November 2018
18:00 20:15-

Presented by:
Free Word and The Literary Consultancy


Exploring the evolution of a book from first idea to final draft

Novels arrive on bookshelves as if they were always whole and perfect. But what is kept hidden from view? And what is the effect of keeping that process – the scenes from the cutting room floor, the false starts, the dead ends and failed drafts – hidden?

Writers Wyl Menmuir, Fiona Melrose and Amer Anwar joined for a no holds barred look at the notebooks, graphs, sketches and scribbles no one ever gets to see. They shared their creative process with an open conversation, shining a light on the secret life of novels, and exploring the evolution of a book from first idea to final draft.


Photo: Jonathan Masser

6 November 2018
18:00 - 20:15
£15 / £12

Free Word and The Literary Consultancy


Wyl Menmuir

Novelist and Editor

Wyl Menmuir is a novelist and editor based in Cornwall. His bestselling debut novel, The Many (Salt Publishing) was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. In November 2016, Nightjar Press published a limited edition chapbook of his story Rounds and in 2017, the National Trust published his story, In Dark Places. Wyl has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum. He teaches creative writing at Falmouth University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Wyl is co-creator of the Cornish writing centre, The Writers’ Block, and works with Arvon Foundation, National Literacy Trust and Centre for Literacy in Primary Education on national literacy programmes

Fiona Melrose


Fiona Melrose is the author of Midwinter and Johannesburg. Midwinter was longlisted for the Women’s Prize For Fiction ad Short Listed for the New Angle Prize. Johannesburg was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award. Fiona was born in South Africa but has spent most of her adult life in the UK in both London and Suffolk. Previously she has worked in academia teaching politics and stints in NGO’s and political think-tanks. She is currently living back in Johannesburg where she is completing her 3rd novel.

Amer Anwar


Amer Anwar grew up in West London. After leaving college he had a variety of jobs, including; warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, driver for emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps. He eventually landed a job as a creative artworker/graphic designer and spent the next decade and a half producing artwork, mainly for the home entertainment industry. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London, is a winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and a recipient of an Eric Ambler Award from the Society of Authors' Authors' Foundation. For everything else, he has an alibi. It wasn’t him. He was never there. Brothers in Blood is his first novel.