The Writer's Summit – 2018 Speakers

  • James Spackman

    2018 Chair

    Publisher and consultant

    James Spackman is a publisher and consultant. He commissions books about cycling for Profile Books under the imprint Pursuit. He set up The Book Pitch Doctor to help publishers improve their presentation skills and Copy Lab, to create book blurb more effectively. He is also founder of The Spare Room Project, which finds accommodation for interns in London.




    Cathryn Summerhayes

    Literary Agent

    Curtis Brown

    Cathryn Summerhayes is an agent at Curtis Brown; prior to this she managed a client list at WME. She has worked at a number of other British literary agencies and at Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high profile book events including the Man Booker Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize.




  • Warren Knight

    Writer & Coach  

    Think Digital First   

    Warren Knight is a trainer and coach, and has helped thousands of start-ups and SMEs build their digital footprint, increase sales by up to 500% and grow their business through social media, digital marketing and ecommerce. He also has a passion for helping entrepreneurs to upskill.

    Karen Williams


    The Book Mentor 

    Karen Williams is a bestselling author of five business books. Karen's organisation, The Book Mentor, helps coaches, therapists, consultants and other business experts and thought leaders to write and publish a book that will help them to build their business.


  • Yomi Adegoke

    Journalist & Author   

    Slay In Your Lane  

    Yomi Adegoke is an award-winning journalist. In 2013 she founded Birthday Magazine, a publication aimed at black teenage girls and this year was listed as one of the 200 Women Redefining the Creative Industry by The Dots.

    Elizabeth Uviebinené

    Author and Marketing Specialist    

    Slay in Your Lane  

    Elizabeth Uviebinené is an award-winning Marketing Manager from London. A natural in creative storytelling and idea generation, with a passion for brands, Elizabeth creates marketing campaigns that are culturally progressive and commercially impactful. 

  • Kirsty Stonell Walker

    Author and Historian   


    Kirsty Stonell Walker is the author of the book Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang: Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victorian Era. Kirsty has published numerous articles and spoken at conferences on a range of subjects from Pre-Raphaelite ideals of beauty to Thomas Hardy and cinema.

    Lauren Bravo



    Lauren Bravo is a freelance journalist. She writes for The Pool, Refinery29 UK, Cosmopolitan, Guardian and Grazia.


  • Esther Harris



    Esther Harris has twenty years' experience as a journalist and publicist. Esther has an instinctive understanding of what makes a book and author newsworthy and she regularly achieves writers meaningful editorial coverage across print, online and radio.

    Emma Heptonstall

    Book Mentor   

    Life Coach  

    Emma Heptonstall a divorce coach and book mentor.


  • Jason Bartholomew

    Rights expert    


    Jason Bartholomew spent ten years working in New York publishing primarily for Hachette Book Group USA. He moved to Hachette UK in 2008 where he was the Rights Director across Hodder & Stoughton, Headline Publishing Group, Quercus Books, and John Murray Press, where he managed and sold rights for some of the biggest titles of the past decade. He is now CEO of Midas PR.

    Imogen Edwards-Jones


    Hotel Babylon Series 

    Imogen EdwardJones is author of the hugely successful Babylon series, which includes the Sunday Times best sellers Hotel Babylon, Air Babylon, Fashion Babylon, Beach Babylon and Pop Babylon. The series has sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, been translated into some twenty different languages worldwide and made into two BBC Primetime TV shows. 

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