In a world where blockbuster novels can become blockbuster film releases almost overnight and poets have the same social media followings as pop stars, life as a working writer may seem like a lucrative- not to mention Romantic – career move…But what’s the reality?

In this frank discussion, join poet and publisher Anthony Anaxagorou and fellow working writers, novelist Stephen May and director/ dramaturg Alex Chisolm as they unravel the Romantic myths and misconceptions that surround writing as a career, to offer solid practical advice and first hand insight, on how to ‘make it’ and ‘make a living’ using the written and spoken word.

About The Authors

Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher, and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP, and a collection of short stories. He is the founder of Out-Spoken. GB.


Stephen May

Stephen May is the author for four novels including Life! Death! Prizes!, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and TAG, winner of the Media Wales Readers’ Prize. His latest novel is the acclaimed literary thriller Stronger Than Skin (Sandstone Press).


Photograph: Jonathan Ring