X Factor for authors

The Oxford Times

THESE are the writers hoping to find out whether they have the literary X Factor.

Authors from Oxford Brookes University’s creative writing course faced the task of pitching their fledgling novels to a group of hard-nosed literary agents and one of the world’s best-selling writers.

Seven hopefuls had been judged by writer Kate Clanchy, who is Oxford’s city poet, to be worthy of presenting extracts of their work in front of author Philip Pullman.

And they faced the pitch of a lifetime in the hope of getting a big literary contract, although there were no guarantees any of them would be taken on.

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