7 – 9pm Thursday 19 January 2023
In person at the Belmont Hotel, 20 DeMontfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GR
Online via Zoom – register via the Contact Us form
£5 for visitors. All welcome!
Jacob Ross is a Grenada-born poet, playwright, journalist, novelist and creative writing tutor, based in the UK since 1984. His literary novel Pynter Bender was published to much critical literary acclaim and was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize and chosen as one of the British Authors Club’s top three Best First Novels. His crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers, written while a member of Leicester Writer’s Club, won the inaugural Jhalak Prize in 2017. Bernardine Evaristo described him as ‘a major contender as [the Caribbean’s] chief prose stylist’.
Jacob is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards. He is currently Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press.
As a creative writing tutor, he has toured and lectured widely, including courses for Arvon and Curtis Brown, as well as Leicester Writers’ Club. In 2000, he was specially commissioned by the Peabody Trust to run the Millennium Writers Master class and became writer in residence for the London Borough of Streatham’s Community Zone Literature Development Initiative. He was also formerly Writer-in-Residence at St. George’s University in Grenada and the Darat Al Funun Arts Academy in Jordan.
His talk will sweep through his illustrious career, but concentrate on his study and understanding of current trends in the publishing industry.