Building Reader Communities – panel discussion

  • 2nd March 2016
  • 6:00pm
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery


Writers and publishers have always needed readers, game creators need players, but is that enough any more? Does future success depend on building communities?

Join us for an evening of discussion on writing, publishing and new media by registering Here

Our panel of industry specialists include:

Auriol Bishop & Alex Pheby, co‐directors of Greenwich Book Festival –
As Creative Director at Hodder & Stoughton, Auriol is responsible for creative strategy, consumer campaigns, positioning and packaging across Hodder’s publishing output. Alex is himself a novelist and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich.

Meike Ziervogel, novelist and founder of Peirene Press –
Meike has a background as a journalist, working for Reuters in London and Agence France Presse in Paris and is the author of three novels, Magda,Clara’s Daughter and Kauthar. Meike founded boutique publishing house Peirene Press in 2008, to bring contemporary, award winning European literature in translation to English language readers.

Alexis Kennedy, Creative Director of Failbetter Games –
Alexis Kennedy is creative director of Failbetter Games, best known for their interactive fiction game Fallen London, which has a large and loyal community. The expansive community and world of Fallen London provided a strong foundation from which to launch the videogame Sunless Sea and was key to its critical and commercial success.

Kate Russell, tech reporter and author of sci-fi novel ‘Elite: Mostly Harmless’, set in the Elite game world –
Kate’s knowledge of how to build a community and work with social media is encapsulated in her book Working the Cloud. She will be bringing these insights to the panel via a specially commissioned video.

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We will be asking what distinguishes a community from an audience?
Why might writers and publishers need to build such communities?
What are the implications for the writer‐reader and publisher‐reader relationship?

Building Reader Communities is part of the Creative Conversations initiative, in the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts, University of Greenwich.

The evening will begin with welcome drinks at 6pm in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery Project Space in the Stockwell Street Building, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10 9BD (off Greenwich High Road in central Greenwich. DLR stations Cutty Sark or Greenwich, 20 minutes from Bank station). The panel will begin at 6.30pm

The event is FREE to attend, but you need to register your attendance.

We hope to see you there.

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