Finding a Way to the Audience

A panel discussion about new the ways of getting stories to audiences that are emerging all around us, from crowd-funding to self-publishing and everything in between. Are some routes from writer to reader better than others?

Panellists: Wei Ming Kam (BAME in publishing), Gautam Malkani (Financial Times), Annette Brook (Royal Society of Literature), , Joelle Owusu-Sekyere (Unbound).

Wei Ming Kam is a bookseller and blogger who writes about diverse books, travel and food at www.raremediumwelldone.co.uk. She’s breaking her way into the publishing world one step at a time, and is currently working at Curtis Brown Creative. 

Gautam Malkani is a journalist for The Financial Times, and the author of the novel Londonstani. He has worked on the FT's UK news desk in London as well as in the Washington bureau. He is currently an associate editor on the FT Weekend Magazine, after a spell on the newspaper's Business Life section. Born in Hounslow, London on August 27, 1976, Malkani's mother was a Ugandan of Indian descent. He studied Social and Political Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge. Malkani currently resides in London.

Annette Brook joined RSL in 2013 having previously worked for Spread the Word, London’s writer development organisation. Her responsibilities at the RSL include digital communications, social media, press and publicity. She is a playwright and was a 2015-16 Jerwood Arvon Mentee. Her play Gala Mae was longlisted for the 2016 Alfred Fagon Award. Annette has BA English and MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (both Goldsmiths). She is a Trustee of the community gallery Peckham Platform.