Women’s Prize Live: Maggie O’Farrell on Getting Started as a Writer


Join us for an Instagram Live with Women’s Prize winner Maggie O’Farrell and Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Discoveries judge, in conversation. They’ll be discussing Maggie’s writing journey and process, and the Women’s Prize Trust’s new talent development programme Discoveries, powered by NatWest and Curtis Brown, which invites women of all ages and backgrounds to submit their work of fiction.

They will share their musings on:

  • The beginning of a writing journey, either for first time writers or starting anew with a different forms
  • The importance of finding a writing community, and of receiving advice and encouragement
  • The emergence of a wider range of voices as women pick up the pen for the first time, including their recent recommendations

Join us on IG Live on Monday 30 November at 1pm

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About our speakers:

Author Maggie O’Farrell won the 25th Women’s Prize for Fiction this year with her novel Hamnet, and has just published her first children’s book, Where Snow Angels Go. Her debut After You’d Gone received international acclaim and won the Betty Trask Award, and The Hand That First Held Mine won the 2010 Costa Novel Award. She has twice been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award – for Instructions for a Heatwave in 2014 and This Must Be The Place in 2017. She appeared in Waterstones’ 25 Authors for the Future. Her memoir I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death reached number one in the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

Sandeep Mahal is a judge for the inaugural Discoveries, a programme led by the Women’s Prize Trust, powered by NatWest and Curtis Brown, which invites women of all ages and backgrounds to submit their work of fiction. Passionate about equality, inclusion and empowering young people to build a better world with words, she is Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. She is also Chair of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network. Sandeep previously spent ten years in public libraries in Sandwell, in various roles, working as Race Equality Librarian, and later as Outreach Services Librarian. She is a trustee of Spread the Word and the Women’s Prize Trust.


About Discoveries:
Entries are now open for Discoveries, open to all women aged 18 and above, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English. The programme accepts novels in any genre of adult fiction and entrants are required to submit only the first 10,000 words of their novel with a synopsis.The programme doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only the opening three chapters or up to 10,000 words – and it is free to enter. The closing date for submissions will be 17th January 2021, and entrants must enter via Curtis Brown Creative: discoveries.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk