This one-day event will run from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 5 November 2016.


The programme will include two guest speakers and two panel discussions.

Our distinguished Guest Speaker this time is Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History and Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University.  Her session is entitled ‘Georgians aren’t Victorians: how to dump everything you thought you knew about nineteenth century morality’ – and to be perfectly honest we can’t wait to settle in and enjoy this – it just sounds like tremendous fun.

Our Keynote Speaker is the much-celebrated KJ Charles, known among other work for the Society of Gentlemen trilogy (published by the Loveswept imprint of Random House), which is about Regency gentlemen, radical politics, class divide, nice clothes, murder, sordid goings-on at all levels of society, and why you should never trust puce (THIS IS IMPORTANT).  KJ will also be launching our new anthology for us, A CERTAIN PERSUASION, which deals with off-the-page relationships inspired by the works of Jane Austen.

Getting into the spirit of the occasion – as well as holding all this together (we hope!) – will be our illustrious MC, Aleksandr Voinov.

In addition there will be two panel discussions:  ‘A Sense of Place‘ chaired by Elin Gregory and ‘How Much Reality do We Want in Our Fiction?‘ which will be chaired by Alex Beecroft.  (Other panel members are still to be selected, so if you have a particular fancy for joining the team on either discussion please let us know – we love a volunteer!)

Further details will be provided as the planning evolves. We’re happy to hear ideas, and happier still to hear from volunteers!

Author Pitches

Manifold Press has set aside time to hear pitches in the middle of the day. Please contact us if you’d like to book a ten-minute slot.

If other publishers would like to hear pitches, we’d be happy to co-ordinate appointments for them; please drop us an e-mail.

There will be a break-out area which can be used for pitches while programmed events are taking place. Alternatively there will be space available in the main café area. Please note that the location may be discreet rather than entirely private.


We’re aiming to finish the formal programming around 5.00 p.m. and to have everything cleared away by 6.00 p.m.

If there is no evening event booking at The Jam Factory, you may wish to stay on there and have an evening meal together afterwards. If you would like to do so, please make your booking directly with the venue.

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