That difficult first novel
How hard it is for literary debutants to break into print? What matters most – good writing or an original plot? Three Goldsmiths alumni discuss the process of completing their novels and finding a mainstream publisher
Livia Franchini comes from Tuscany. She is the author of a poetry pamphlet, Our Available Magic and a novel, Shelf Life (Doubleday, 2019). She is currently completing a PhD in experimental women’s fiction at Goldsmiths, where she also coordinates The Goldsmiths Prize.
Marina Kemp was born in London, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. She studied Classics at Oxford University, and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Nightingale is published this month.
Karen Raney gained an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths in 2016 and was winner of the 2017 Pat Kavanagh Prize. A painter, academic and former editor, she teaches Fine Art at the University of East London. She grew up in the US and lives in London.
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