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Drama and Creative Writing student returns from first Salford-Conville&Walsh internship

Feb 11, 2019

Conville&Walsh
Conville&Walsh

The English Practice department at the University of Salford have established an exclusive, diversity focused internship scheme with literary agency Conville&Walsh. The agency handles such literary luminaries as Costa award winning Nathan Filer, booker-nominated Guy Gurnaratne, and Sunday Times Number one bestseller, Christie Watson.

Conville&Walsh will provide two internship positions per year for level 6 students of the English practice group. Sophie Lambert, senior agent, said the agency were delighted with the performance of their first Salford intern, Charlotte-Louise Macmillan.

Returning from her two week placement with the agency, Charlotte said the internship had completely changed her perception of the publishing industry. “Agents are so under-valued in the industry, when their role is absolutely key. Not only does an agency sell books to publishers; it acts as a support group for its authors.”

During her internship, Charlotte was tasked with the exciting jobs of reading new manuscripts and helping to manage the agency’s social media activities. As a student of Drama and Creative Writing, Charlotte was well-prepared for a role requiring great communication skills and a knowledge of story. She secured the internship position through a competitive scheme within the department, impressing judges with her book report and work experience.

The internship was part-funded by the School of Arts and Media as an aspect of its Industrial Collaboration Zone Strategy. Programme Leader David Savill said, "the English department’s ongoing relationship with the agency will help bring the latest publishing industry practices and news to Salford students."