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Michaela McGuire appointed EWF festival director

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has appointed author and Women of Letters founder Michaela McGuire as its new festival director and co-CEO, beginning on 20 July.

McGuire replaces outgoing festival director Sam Twyford-Moore, who finishes up on 28 August after completing his three-year tenure. McGuire will work alongside general manager Kate Callingham, who has been promoted to co-CEO.

EWF board chair Andrea Spencer said in a statement that McGuire’s experience as a writer and curator of Women of Letters makes her ‘ideally suited’ to the role.

‘Through Women of Letters, Michaela has created speaking and publishing opportunities for countless emerging writers. Michaela understands how important it is to build a community for the sharing of ideas, stories and conversations and how important the EWF is for the professional, artistic and social development of new talent.’

McGuire said she was ‘beyond thrilled’ to be working with EWF. ‘New literary talent energises me, and it is a great pleasure to be able to both champion and be inspired by new generations of writers.’

Spencer also praised Twyford-Moore for his direction, which has seen festival audiences increase by 30% and box office by 50%, and the launch of the EWF Digital Writers’ Festival. ‘Sam joined EWF in 2012 and has made a valuable and passionate contribution to the organisation. His incredible commitment and raft of original ideas has not only delivered three very successful festivals, but it has propelled EWF into its second decade,’ said Spencer.


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