We are delighted to announce that as part of our online Golden Jubilee event on 26th February 2022, our President, Juliet Mushens, will be interviewing New York Times bestseller, Taran Matharu.
Tickets for the event are free for members and £5 for non-members. A ticket gets you entry to the entire day’s programme of events. Book your ticket here: Buy tickets / Join the guestlist for Golden Jubilee on Zoom, Sat 26 Feb 2022 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (tickettailor.com)
Juliet Mushens started her publishing career in 2008 at HarperCollins, and became an agent in 2011. She has been shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year four times and is currently the number 1 ranked UK fiction dealmaker on Publishers’ Marketplace. In 2021 she was picked as one of the 150 most influential people in publishing by The Bookseller and The Times ran a piece recognising her as the first agent to represent the number 1, 2 and 3 UK bestsellers in the same week: ‘Star literary agent first to top the charts three times’. Her clients include million-copy no. 1 bestseller Jessie Burton, multi-million copy NY Times bestseller Taran Matharu, record-breaking multi-million copy no. 1 bestseller Richard Osman. Her guide to YA creative writing was published by Hodder in 2015. Juliet is currently President of the British Fantasy Society. You can find her on twitter as @mushenska.
Taran Matharu was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.
Keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, Taran landed an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House. Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, he began to write the Summoner series at the age of 22, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013. Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than 6 months. To date, he has had over 8 million reads on Wattpad.
His Summoner trilogy consists of The Novice (2015), The Inquisition (2016) and The Battlemage (2017). This trilogy was acquired by Macmillan in the US, and in fourteen other languages worldwide. The series is a New York Times bestseller.
Taran has since written a prequel to this bestselling series, The Outcast (2018) and a companion guide called the Summoner’s Handbook (2018). His 3-book YA fantasy series titled Contender consists of The Chosen (2019), The Challenger (2020) and The Champion (2021).