A dream organisation… great authors, efficient organisation and lovely people.
— Barbican Library

As a team of producers, curators, and writers based in regions around England, we reflect the contemporary literature ecology and 21st century working. This makes us responsive, clued up to local needs, and enthusiastic about literature across a range of cities and rural areas.   Our main activities take place in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, London and the North West.

Our work ranges from the curation of book tours, literary readings, spoken word and poetry performances, to educational workshops and mentoring.

We populate our festivals and many of our events with a range of backgrounds, cultures, and ages.  This makes for lively and engaging events at which literature is centre stage. We do this through curating, programming and producing literature in all its forms – from poetry to prose and satire to spoken word. We’re unique through our independent and entrepreneurial model, and through having a high level of advocacy for writers. Our artistic, social and economic commitment to diversity, and the arts, is reflected through a wide range of projects and events.  We encourage and showcase a wide palette of voices.

Read more about our ethos in Creative Director Melanie Abrahams' interview with The Guardian ›

Fantastic to work with. Many of their writers tour overseas for the British Council; they always provide us with excellent advice.
— Sarah Hemmings, British Council

Our partners

Over the years, we have collaborated with writers, organisations, and practitioners including:

Southbank Centre
Ilkley Literature Festival
Arts Council England
Africa Beyond
The British Library
Tongue Fu
Miami Book Fair International                                                 Leeds Beckett University

Writing Yorkshire
Off The Shelf Festival of Words
Apples & Snakes
Centre de Cultural Contemporania de Barcelona
Attenborough Arts Centre
Bloodaxe Books
Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village                           Centre for New Writing, Leicester

Our team

Rochelle Saunders
Lead Producer and Project Manager

Marie Hanna, Bella Fine and Dzifa Benson
Trainee Producers and Administration Team

Melanie Abrahams
Creative Director and Curator

Opportunities to publicise and market my first novel were limited. Renaissance One invited me to appear at their events and were committed to helping writers who they felt deserved more of a public standing gain a bigger profile.

Renaissance One helped me launch my fifth title… and hosted a launch that hasn’t been matched in quality and organisation.

I would recommend Renaissance One for any publishing initiative or any event involved with the written or the spoken word.
— Alex Wheatle, Novelist