Lucy van Smit

Novelist & Screenwriter

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Lucy van Smit was a TV producer, who travelled worldwide for NBC News, flew on Air Force One with President Reagan, got surrounded by tanks at Manila airport in a coup, before she chilled and made documentaries for Canadian Broadcasting on writers, including John Le Carré, Martin Amis and Ian MacEwan.

Lucy is now an award-winning author herself. Her debut novel The Hurting was dubbed Teen Noir – a story about the power of attraction and the terrifying consequences of falling for the wrong boy, which leads an urban British teenager to kidnap a baby,  only to encounter wolves  in the Norwegian Fjords. Brought by JK Rowling’s publisher – the legendary Barry Cunningham and Chicken House Books – The Hurting is being translated into Russian, German and Polish. A former artist, screenwriter Lucy has an MA in creative writing. The Ritzy offered to screen her Live Until You Die made by networking at Talent Campus and the LSF last year, and with help from Eloise Lamb Lawrence at The BRIT School.

Lucy is repped by Sallyanne Sweeney at MMB Creative. 

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Lucy van Smit is appearing at the following sessions:

0900 to 1015 Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer's Journal Workbook

0900 to 1015 Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer's Journal Workbook

What fires up your writing? What stops you? A Writing Journal is your superpower, your personal creative workshop where you feel safe, curious and non-judgemental about your writing.

1015 Script Chat with Lucy van Smit

1015 Script Chat with Lucy van Smit

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Lucy van Smit will be available to answer your questions following her session on Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer’s Journal Workbook

1200 to 1300 Get Produced and Get an Agent: Survive & Thrive in 2024!

1200 to 1300 Get Produced and Get an Agent: Survive & Thrive in 2024!

What are the keys to success in this industry going forward? How to make from those who are making it!              

1400 to 1500 Pivoting To Success:  Novelists Writing Screenplays with Andy Riley and Claire McGowan

1400 to 1500 Pivoting To Success: Novelists Writing Screenplays with Andy Riley and Claire McGowan

The line between novelist and screenwriter is blurrier than ever. This panel is here to help guide you through the risks and rewards!