Wes Brown

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Rochester, UK

Novelist, lecturer, publisher. I specialise in autofiction, literary novels and short stories.

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As a published novelist, critic, short story and writer, I know the value of feedback and mentoring. I work with authors at all stages in life and development. Most importantly, I only take jobs based on whether I feel my skills can contribute to your development and if I can see potential for the kind of writing I love. I specialise in in literary fiction, autobiographical fiction, speculative fiction and novels of ideas.

I teach modules on Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Creative Practice at City Lit and the University of East London. I have worked as an English teacher for an academy trust. I was also a senior bookseller and events manager in Borders books. I am a PhD researcher in contemporary literature at the University of Kent.

Before this my background was in publishing as the founding editor of Dead Ink Books and The Cadaverine, chair of the Society of Young Publishers in the North & Midlands, and young writers' co-coordinator at the National Association of Writers in Educations.

I have developed raw talent to a professional standard and former students and clients have gone on to become published and prize-winning authors.

What I offer:

• Bespoke feedback and services based on your needs
• I do not 'force' my artistic ideals on writers, I help them find their own
• I am friendly and professional - my job is to help you
• As a school teacher, lecturer and editor, I am able to tailor my approach to best suit your ambitions
• Fifteen years experience in the literature sector
• An understanding of the book trade from the perspective of a writer, a publisher, and a bookseller
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Anthologies
Literature
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • MA Creative Writing
  • PhD: The Contemporary Novel

Awards

  • Arts Award Gold, Silver & Bronze Advisor

Work experience

Lecturer

City Lit
February, 2019 – Present (about 2 months)

I teaching creative writing at the City Literary Institute in London

Visiting Lecturer

University of East London
September, 2014 – September, 2016 (about 2 years)

Module leader for Life Writing, Long Fiction, Professionalism and Publication, Dissertation support and publisher of an anthology of student work

Editor

The Cadaverine
September, 2010 – June, 2013 (over 2 years)

Director

Self-employed
May, 2010 – June, 2014 (about 4 years)

I founded and ran Dead Ink Books for four years. I developed new ways for authors to connect with readers, embracing new trends like E-Books and subscription / kickstarter models whilst maintaining a traditional sense of editorial value and vigour.

Work Placement

Penguin Books
June, 2008 – June, 2009 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

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LS13: A New Generation of Leeds Writers

LS13 is a snapshot of a generation of emerging writers working or living in Leeds today. The selection is diverse – from sea shanties about Clarence Dock to science fiction, social realism, concrete poetry, magic realism, flash fiction, a crime novel, rocket builders, dreamers, monsters and ice men – these are stories from Leeds, in Leeds and outside of Leeds, from the pens and imaginations of... read more

LS13 is a snapshot of a generation of emerging writers working or living in Leeds today. The selection is diverse – from sea shanties about Clarence Dock to science fiction, social realism, concrete poetry, magic realism, flash fiction, a crime novel, rocket builders, dreamers, monsters and ice men – these are stories from Leeds, in Leeds and outside of Leeds, from the pens and imaginations of... read more

Wild Ink

Richard Smyth

Wild Ink is a blackly comic story of friendship and envy, love and memory, booze and uproar, secrets and scandal. Albert Chaliapin is dead – or at least, he feels like he ought to be. He lives in a world occupied only by the ghosts of his former life (and his nurse, who can’t even get his name right). Then, one day, his past – in the form of a drunk cartoonist, a suicidal hack and a corrupt Ci... read more

Wild Ink is a blackly comic story of friendship and envy, love and memory, booze and uproar, secrets and scandal. Albert Chaliapin is dead – or at least, he feels like he ought to be. He lives in a world occupied only by the ghosts of his former life (and his nurse, who can’t even get his name right). Then, one day, his past – in the form of a drunk cartoonist, a suicidal hack and a corrupt Ci... read more

Myths of the Near Future: Money

We believe in young writers – specifically those aged between 16 and 25 – no offence to the other – and want to give them a space to display their work. This can be fiction, poetry, literary reviews, and discussions about writing itself. We’re quite greedy! In the Monet issue you'll find new writing Sarah Fletcher, Hannah Bullimore, Andy Cook, Emma Forbes, interviews with Joe Dunthorne and Rac... read more

We believe in young writers – specifically those aged between 16 and 25 – no offence to the other – and want to give them a space to display their work. This can be fiction, poetry, literary reviews, and discussions about writing itself. We’re quite greedy! In the Monet issue you'll find new writing Sarah Fletcher, Hannah Bullimore, Andy Cook, Emma Forbes, interviews with Joe Dunthorne and Rac... read more

Myths of the Near Future: Dystopia

In this issue, you will find interviews with Aki Schilz, a brilliant writer and Editorial Services Manager at The Literary Consultancy. Aki speaks eloquenty about writing and a new TLC free manuscript appraisal scheme being offered to young writers run in partnership with the NAWE Young Writers’ Hub. We also grill one of the most existing emerging writers in the country, Sally Ashton, on her n... read more

In this issue, you will find interviews with Aki Schilz, a brilliant writer and Editorial Services Manager at The Literary Consultancy. Aki speaks eloquenty about writing and a new TLC free manuscript appraisal scheme being offered to young writers run in partnership with the NAWE Young Writers’ Hub. We also grill one of the most existing emerging writers in the country, Sally Ashton, on her n... read more

Controller

Sally Ashton

"Controller is both fierce and fearless. It is a compelling, unblinking journey into the dark." Stephen MayHow far would you go to satisfy your desires? Sex and punishment, art and exploitation, Controller is the debut novella from one of the UK’s finest young writers.A young traveller finds herself in Northern Spain, working as an artist’s model. As her relationship with the artist deepens an... read more

"Controller is both fierce and fearless. It is a compelling, unblinking journey into the dark." Stephen MayHow far would you go to satisfy your desires? Sex and punishment, art and exploitation, Controller is the debut novella from one of the UK’s finest young writers.A young traveller finds herself in Northern Spain, working as an artist’s model. As her relationship with the artist deepens an... read more

Kosmonaut Zero

Richard Evans

A science fiction odyssey set in the retro-futurist Moscow of 1969.Marina Mernova, a KGB officer and older sister to little Leon, is given a simple mission: to find a missing scientist of high value to the Soviet space programme.1960s Russia is a land of rockets and shortages, a utopia with a paranoid underbelly – and Marina’s search uncovers a chilling experiment that will shatter the limits ... read more

A science fiction odyssey set in the retro-futurist Moscow of 1969.Marina Mernova, a KGB officer and older sister to little Leon, is given a simple mission: to find a missing scientist of high value to the Soviet space programme.1960s Russia is a land of rockets and shortages, a utopia with a paranoid underbelly – and Marina’s search uncovers a chilling experiment that will shatter the limits ... read more

LadyFest: Winning Stories from the Oxford Gender Equality Festival 2010

Angela Jackson, Kathy Keown, Rosalind Newman, Laura O"Brien, Sarvat Hasin, Kate Pocklington, Aimee Cliff, Farah Ghuznavi, Cherish Shirley

This DEAD INK anthology celebrates nine winning stories from the 2010 LadyFest Competition judged by Bidisha. Contributors include Angela Jackson, Kathy Keown, Rosalind Newman, Laura O'Brien, Sarvat Hasin, Kate Pocklington, Aimee Cliff, Farah Ghuznavi and Cherish Shirley. Competition judge Bidisha writes of the winning stories:WINNER: A Touch of Male by Cherish Shirley. "A Touch of Male was wr... read more

This DEAD INK anthology celebrates nine winning stories from the 2010 LadyFest Competition judged by Bidisha. Contributors include Angela Jackson, Kathy Keown, Rosalind Newman, Laura O'Brien, Sarvat Hasin, Kate Pocklington, Aimee Cliff, Farah Ghuznavi and Cherish Shirley. Competition judge Bidisha writes of the winning stories:WINNER: A Touch of Male by Cherish Shirley. "A Touch of Male was wr... read more

The Ruins

Danny Broderick

Deep in the ruins of a collapsed Spanish city, Estrella is trying to survive with the best skills she has – torturing men. But in the basement of Paco's bar, her victim is making life difficult with his outrageous requests. Meanwhile, upstairs, her landlord is demanding overdue rent and the washed-up locals are getting abusive. Danny Broderick's beautiful and melancholic story of love and desi... read more

Deep in the ruins of a collapsed Spanish city, Estrella is trying to survive with the best skills she has – torturing men. But in the basement of Paco's bar, her victim is making life difficult with his outrageous requests. Meanwhile, upstairs, her landlord is demanding overdue rent and the washed-up locals are getting abusive. Danny Broderick's beautiful and melancholic story of love and desi... read more

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Susannah Wild

Working with Wes was not just a productive and worthwhile collaboration on a piece of work very close to my heart, it was also an education in the overall craft of writing. I have learned a great deal.

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Susannah Wild, March 2019


Nicole Frances

Wes' feedback has been very useful and great value for money. We continue to work together on the project. He is knowledgeable and passionate about what he does while encouraging me to be the best writer I can be. Much appreciated so far.

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Nicole Frances, January 2019


Christop Rose

Gave clear critique and useful advice and encouragement

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Christop Rose, December 2018

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