Elise Valmorbida

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Elise Valmorbida

About me

Elise Valmorbida started life as an Italian Australian but then she fell in love with London. She even likes the graffiti.

Her published works include three novels – Matilde Waltzing, The TV President and The Winding Stick – and non-fiction such as The Book of Happy Endings. 2018 sees the launch of her historical novel The Madonna of the Mountains by Faber & Faber (UK) and Spiegel & Grau (USA).  See www.elisevalmorbida.com

Elise runs communications agency word-design, offering a rare mix of strategy, design and writing services, with specialist expertise in brand voice and identity. Clients include Dishoom, the BFI, Arvon, GIANT and PEN International. See www.word-design.co.uk.

Honoured by the Edinburgh International Film Festival as a Trailblazer, Elise is the script consultant and producer of award-winning indie Britfilm SAXON, released to critical acclaim in 2009. Her story ‘The making of a guerrilla film’ was published with SAXON The Screenplay by CB Editions in 2008. See www.saxonthefilm.com

Elise teaches Creative Writing at Central Saint Martins. She also mentors new writers developing longer works of fiction and non-fiction. She is former External Examiner for the MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. At Arvon, Elise co-teaches her course ‘Suitcase Stories’, a Life Writing course inspired by migration.

Elise is a member of The Society of Authors and English PEN. For 26, she has been most active with Wordstock, 26 For Norwich, Throwaway Lines, International PEN and ’26:50′, a campaign to mark 50 years of the Writers in Prison Committee. More recently, she has set up 26 Training.

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From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over

"Business bullshit can and should be challenged. This is a task each of us can take up by refusing to use empty management-speak."
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The long read: Vacuous management-speak is easily laughed off – but is there a real cost to talking rubbish?

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Getting Published - 26

Looking for another excuse to join us at The Betsey Trotwood next week?

As well as hearing from a panel of published authors about conventional and unconventional routes to publication, you can ... See more

No matter how brilliant a writer you are, getting published the conventional way is a notoriously difficult thing to do. Tolkein, Steinbeck, and Faulkner were all politely rejected at first. J.K ... See more

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Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
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Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
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