Speakers in 2015

First Friday Club is a monthly event at the NSW Writers’ Centre, free and exclusive to Centre members. The Club takes place on the first Friday of every month (March-November) from 10am-11.30am. Each month a new guest speaker from the writing industry, be they author, editor, publisher, journalist, joins the club for a group conversation about writing. This session is then followed by a delicious morning tea – with cake kindly provided by C’est Bon Patisserie, Rozelle.

In 2015 the NSW Writers’ Centre was delighted to host First Friday Club with the following guests:

March: Hachette publisher Robert Watkins

Robert Watkins is commissioning editor for adult fiction and non-fiction at Hachette Australia, and has been working in the Australian book industry for 18 years. Throughout his career he’s worked across sales, marketing and publicity – which has given him a wide perspective on what books have big commercial appeal. He’s primarily interested in publishing non-fiction with a leaning towards young, contemporary voices – but is also a big fan of contemporary fiction with a real Australian edge. www.hachette.com.au.

May: Book designer Zoe Sadokierski

Zoë Sadokierski has designed more than 250 books for various Australian publishers and has been awarded six times at the Australian Book Design Awards. Zoë lectures in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney where she runs a research studio investigating the evolution of books in the digital age. She writes a column on book culture and reading for The Conversation, and is Vice President of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA). In 2015 Zoë established Bookwork Press , a niche publisher of illustrated essays and artist’s books.  You can find out more about Zoe at her website.

June: NewSouth Executive Publisher and author Phillipa McGuiness

Phillipa McGuinness has been grappling with copyright issues as a publisher for twenty years, at both Cambridge University Press and NewSouth Publishing, and has published a number of awardwinning trade and academic books.

July: Freelance and ghostwriter Adeline Teoh

Adeline Teoh is a freelance ghostwriter, journalist and content developer by day and a blogger, novelist and zinester by night - though not in chronological order. She knows an awful lot about project management, surveillance and tea.  She is also media professional who specialises in turning business, project management and education insight into clear, concise and engaging articles. She has more than 12 years experience writing about business, with particular focus on small to medium enterprises and international business issues, and has had an affinity with the project management sector since 2007. Her special interest is in how education can shape society, from policy to implementation.

August: Children’s book publisher at Lothian (Hachette), Suzanne O’Sullivan

Suzanne, O’Sullivan is the commissioning editor for Lothian Children’s books, the children’s imprint of Hachette Australia. She has worked in the book industry for over a decade, and has spent most of that time in children’s books, editing everything from board books to YA/crossover fiction. At Lothian she publishes authors and illustrators including Lachlan Creagh, Mandy Foot, Ursula Dubosarsky, Annie White, Mark Wilson, Peter Gouldthorpe, Cheryl Orsini, Eleanor Coombe, and Felicity Gardner.

September: Book editor and publishing consultant Alexandra Nahlous

Alexandra Nahlous has eighteen years’ editorial and publishing experience. She began her editing career at Lansdowne Publishing, then moved to Allen & Unwin, where she remained for the next nine years. In 2009 Alex won the 2009/2010 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship and she spent three months in New York working with publishers and exploring the world of women’s fiction, which is her passion. On her return she moved to Pan Macmillan, where she published commercial fiction. Alex is now a freelance editor and publishing consultant working with a variety of Australian publishers and agents, including Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Books, Harlequin Enterprises, Hardie Grant Books, Simon & Schuster and Melbourne University Press.

November: Literary Agent Gaby Naher

Prior to establishing The Naher Agency in May 2008, director, Gaby Naher, worked as a literary agent, publicist and bookseller in Sydney, London and New York. She is the author of four books and has a Doctorate of Creative Arts.



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