The Literary Consultancy is excited to be working in association with Staple Magazine on an innovative showcase for its writing talent, both online and live at the Free Word Centre. See TLC Showcase Introduction for more on this and showcase editor Wayne Burrows.
Once a month we will highlight the work of one author whose work we have helped en route to commercial publication, or whose work a reader particularly championed.
We look forward to reading your feedback or comments on our Facebook group page.
This month’s showcase author is:
Stephen Chance was born into a family of generations of steelworkers in Redcar, north Yorkshire. Growing up close to both heavy industry and stark moorland, this background informs his first novel – The Alum Maker’s Secret. Stephen is an architect and lives in ‘Cargo Fleet’ – a rusty steel house he and his partner designed. His limited edition book Cargo Fleet was presented to the president of SSI, the Thai steel conglomerate, as part of successful negotiations to secure the takeover and reopening of the Teesside casting plant and furnaces. The Alum Maker’s Secret was catalysed by his stumbling across the remains of alum workings on a Yorkshire cliff top.
“Encouraged by the author Jon McGregor (If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things) I contacted TLC. I had written a reasonably complete draft and I took myself off on one of TLC’s literary holidays in Las Alpujarras, Spain. There I attended workshops run by the author Rebecca Abrams in which, in a small, sociable group, we talked, wrote, read to each other, walked in the hills and visited local bars.”
From the introduction – included in the showcase.
“This period he can picture. If he saunters down to the Thames after his mid-day meal he will see this scene: merchants’ houses, wharves, the unloading of ships. But…the scale, the insatiable demand. The report states bluntly: the golden age at Venice, the Florence of the Medicis. English wool! Flemish cloth! London, Ghent, Lille….the market squares and tiered and jetted merchants’ houses. Dripping wealth, he thinks, and alum shipped as ballast! Under the lighter, more precious goods, alum. Alum – essential to the Venetian dyers, the Florentine tailors.”
Extract from ‘The Alum Maker’s Secret’ – included in the showcase
Introduction to the novel
Novel: The Alum Maker’s Secret
About the Writer