ALIYA ALI-AFZAL

ALIYA ALI-AFZAL

‘In Shelley I have found a personal trainer for my brain. She challenges me to use mental muscles that have been dormant for too long and perhaps ones that I’d be too lazy to use on my own in my writing.’
– Aliya Ali-Afzal

Would I lie to You (published in September 2021) is about Faiza, a Wimbledon yummy mummy … read more...

Sophie Forsyth

Sophie Forsyth

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Sophie Forsyth has won FIRST prize in the Yeovil Literary Prize first novel section. Sophie’s novel, The Collector of Curiosities was chosen from over 500 entries to take the first prize. The judge, Paul Blezard, described it as ‘beautifully crafted, elegantly written and with a nuanced balance between history and

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Kathleen Whyman

Kathleen Whyman

‘Jill Dawson is a phenomenal mentor and was supportive, encouraging and motivating both during my mentoring and afterwards. Jill was able to pinpoint the exact elements of my writing that needed improving and gave me fantastic advice on how to achieve this, without ever making me feel as though I’d done it wrong.

Jill is an incredibly talented author and 
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Diamonds at the Lost and Found

Diamonds at the Lost and Found

Gold Dust is thrilled to announce another success story for a writer as a result of being mentored by one of our team.  Sarah Aspinall, mentored by novelist Jane Rogers, has published her memoir of life with her mother, Diamonds at the Lost and Found ( Harper Collins ) and already garnered some terrific  endorsements from the writer Marian Keyes … read more...

Sarah Hegarty

Sarah Hegarty

'Liz’s [Jensen's] input was invaluable. As well as providing endless encouragement, she asked tough questions, and picked up on things I’d been hoping to get away with (painful, but so necessary). We set a tight deadline for polishing the novel – and met it. When I wobbled about sending out – always more to fix! – Liz said, do it. 
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Stephanie Scott

Stephanie Scott

Gold Dust is thrilled to announce another book deal for a Gold Dust graduate. Stephanie Scott, mentored by Louise Doughty, who’s novel What’s Left Of Me Is Yours will be published in the spring of 2020.

‘On Louise Doughty – words simply fail me. She is the most wonderful mentor I could ever have hoped to have. She is my … read more...

Charles Petrie

Charles Petrie

Charles Petrie, mentored by Gold Dust’s Michelle Spring, has a new book coming out later this year. The Triumph of Evil, written with Spike Zepheniah Stephenson, is the story of two UN officials and 100 days of horror in Rwanda.

'A project that would never has seen the light of day without the professional and personal support of Michelle 
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Ruby Speechley

Ruby Speechley
'Jill helped me take my writing more seriously and find the courage to believe in myself as a writer. Her encouragement and belief has bolstered and sustained me.'
– Ruby Speechley, whose book Someone Else's Baby, A gripping, twisty psychological thriller, will be out on 25th July 2019.

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November 2017

November 2017

Gold Dust is thrilled to announce another book deal for a Gold Dust graduate. Alicia Drake, mentored by Tim Pears, has sold her novel I Love You Too Much to Picador in the UK and to Little Brown in New York. We wish her many congratulations. Alicia wrote to thank us for the mentoring and described the experience:

‘Tim said: … read more...