Archive for January, 2011
Leaf Fielding had his first assessment with TLC reader Alan Wilkinson in April 2009. In mid-2011, Serpent’s Tail will publish his book. It’s not often that TLC experiences such a rapid progression of events, but when Leaf had his work assessed for a second time in October 2009, TLC reader Karl French immediately noted that this was one that we should look out for.
Leaf Fielding’s book is a thrilling personal story, but one which offers remarkable insights into a time, a mindset, a generation and a major chapter in British criminal history. As one of the drug-dealers jailed as a result of 1977’s famous Operation Julie, Leaf was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to deal LSD. The story of how he ended up in such a predicament is a genuine page-turner. Now a completely redeemed character, Leaf has thirty years’ perspective on events, allowing him to tell – in To Live Outside the Law - the untold story of the LSD dealers brought down in the operation, which is thought to have reduced the amount of LSD in the UK by more than 80%. We look forward to seeing the book in print and wish him all the best.
TLC continues to make links in the literary world at a higher rate than ever. Check out our Success Stories page for stories about previous clients or keep an eye out for more updates in our news section.
Shortly before Christmas, TLC reader Linda Acaster decided to venture into the world of Kindles, Nooks, I-Pads and Sony readers, by creating her own ebook version of Torc of Moonlight : Special Edition, along with a collection of short ghost/horror fiction Contribution to Mankind and other stories of the Dark. You can sample her ebook and read more about her experience on her blog.
BBCR4 is set to broadcast Chrissie Gittins’ short story, Just One of the Girls, on 5th February. The short story, which will be broadcast for the second time on BBCR4, is set in both Lewisham and North London. The Radio Times writes, ‘Milly’s death deprives Dan of a wife, and Rich of a valued friend. After all, not every man has a companion who will help him chose a new dress. A tender story of friendship, grief, and new shoes.’
If you don’t get a chance to hear it on 5th February, it will be available on iplayer for a week. Keep an eye out for Chrissie Gittins, as she is also set to appear in our Showcase section. For more information, see Chrissie’s website .
Still thinking of joining us for our writing holiday in Andalucia? TLC is keeping our special offer of £50 off if you ring before February 14th.
Margaret Drabble, Nell Dunn, Jacob Ross, Rebecca Abrams, Chris Stewart and Michael Jacobs, make up our inspirational team of tutors and speakers. Our writing holiday is based at Casa Ana in Andalucia, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Travel tip: Find your feet as a writer for a week or two and then walk on to Sevilla, where you can experience the sacred Easter rituals and processions of Semana Santa.
See full details for the holiday at: www.literaryadventures.co.uk.
Do you mind if we make a small article about your winning the competition for our website? If you check out www.literaryconsultancy.co.uk and see under Adventures News,
you will see where we want to create a new story.
If you gave us a short quote – something like ‘My friends keep saying I’ve won a writing competition but I haven’t done yet. I’m look forward to doing some writing in a beautiful environment’ (or something) and a tad about yourself – that would be brilliant.
Do write whatever comes naturally to you I only said the above to make a start …
May 19th for birthday party dateand
TLC client Maggie Ling was recently short-listed for the 2010 Asham Award for her short story Cold Snap. The ghost or gothic themed short story award is for stories under 4,000 words that have been written by unpublished women writers. The winning writers will be notified in March 2011 and the first, second and third prizewinner will be announced in September 2011 at the Small Wonder short story festival. In addition, the twelve winning writers will all be published by Virago in the Asham Anthology, alongside specially commissioned stories by Naomi Alderman, Kate Clanchy, Petina Gappah and Polly Sansom.
The short story was originally written in the summer of 2002 when Maggie gave up doing cartoon and illustration work to write full time. The story was assessed by TLC’s Richard Skinner, in the autumn of that year.
Maggie Ling also recently had her short story, Dick’s Life, included in the Unthology No 1, published by Unthank Books on December 1st.
We wish the best of luck for Maggie!