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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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 The Sentence will be published in 2019.

‘On Louise Doughty – words simply fail me. She is the most wonderful mentor I could ever have hoped to have. She is my guiding light and has provided advice on … read more...

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...

October 2017

October 2017

We are thrilled to report another success story for one of Jill Dawson’s mentees, Harriet Tyce, who is about to have her first novel Blood Orange published by Wildfire in January 2019. Harriet wrote to thank her Gold Dust mentor, saying:
‘I just wanted to email to thank you for doing the UEA reference and for your mentoring with my read more...

April 2017

April 2017

Gold Dust and me

When I look back on my journey to novel publication choosing to embark on the Gold Dust mentoring scheme was an important milestone.

Up to that point I’d had several ideas for novels, some of which I had started but abandoned (I have drawers and boxes full of opening chapters, character profiles, passages of dialogue, roughly … read more...

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Gold Dust student on Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize shortlist.

For the second year in a row, a Gold Dust writer being mentored by Jill Dawson is on the shortlist for the Lucy Cavendish Prize.  Annette Gordon has been invited to an event at the Cambridge college on May 22nd to meet the judges and agents and editors who are seeking … read more...

January 2016

January 2016

The beginning of the year saw not one but three book launches for Gold Dust graduates.  Guinevere Glasfurd – mentored by Louise Doughty, Shelley Weiner and Sally Cline – launched her first novel The Words in my Hand at Heffers, Cambridge; Joyce Gould, mentored by Sally Cline, launched her book Witchfinder General in the House of Lords and Rosie Nixon … read more...

October 2015

October 2015

Some lovely advance praise for the soon to be published novel The Words in my Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd, who was mentored for Gold Dust by Louise Doughty. This will be published by Two Roads (an imprint of John Murray Press) on 14th January 2016.

The Words in My Hand is the reimagined true story of Helena Jans, a Dutch … read more...

September 2015

September 2015

Some terrific news this month of book deals and short-listings for our Gold Dust graduates.

Five of Jill Dawson’s mentees have had good news this month.  Sarah Duguid, mentored by Jill Dawson in 2010, has become a published novelist.  Her novel Look at Me (previously called The Visitor) will be published by Tinder Press in 2016.  Sarah says of writing … read more...