Thursday 25 November 1:00 pm UK time - 3:00 pm UK time

In this workshop Kate Wallis shares insights into her work as a literary producer working with the Africa Writes festival and as an editor for Huza Press and Kwani Trust. The first part of the session focuses on how programming and publishing decisions get made, and the role of different kinds of literary exchanges in creating and amplifying new writing. In the second interactive part of the session, we will creatively explore and challenge the relationship between poetry, live literature events and publishing, examining the potential for diversifying modes of engagement and revenue generation.


This workshop is for a small group of emerging women writers from the UK and South Africa. If you would be interested in claiming one of the UK places, please email with a short outline of how the workshop will benefit your writing at this stage. Deadline for expression of interest is 1 pm on Monday 22nd November. This workshop will take place on Zoom, you will be emailed joining information when your place is confirmed.

We welcome authors who identify with our aim of celebrating and supporting women’s writing in ways that reconcile with their understanding of their own gender identity. This includes trans women, non-binary and cis women writers. We do not require any statement beyond an author’s self-identification and interpret a booking or expression of interest as confirmation of that identification.


Dr Kate Wallis is a literary producer and editor with twenty years’ experience of working in the publishing industry. She was previously Head of Humanities at Palgrave Macmillan, responsible for paperback publishing across history, literature, theatre and language. She worked for four years as an Editor and Producer at Kenya’s leading literary publisher Kwani Trust. She is currently a Director for Kigali-based publishing company Huza Press and an Editor (and co-founder) of She also regularly curates workshops and festivals, and is the co-founder and co-producer of Africa Writes–Bristol and Africa Writes–Exeter. She is a member of the Partnership Network for Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature programme and Bristol’s Literature Development Board. Kate’s research focuses on Africa-based publishers and festivals, and global literary networks.