Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Kirstin Zhang, mentored for Gold Dust by Romesh Gunesekera, has won the Harpers Bazaar short story competition 2015.  She has also been signed to an agent at AM Heath and says of being mentored by Romesh: ‘Gold Dust Mentoring is really worth its weight in gold’.

Rosie Nixon, taught by Jill Dawson on a week’s course in Morrocco, has signed … read more...

Autumn 2013

Gold Dust Mentor – and distinguished biographer – Sally Cline has a phenomenal track record in getting her ‘mentees’ published and shortlisted for awards, and this year is no exception. For the fourth year running she has a mentee on the prestigious Tony Lothian Prize, theonly UK prize for an un-commissioned  first time biographer or memoirist.  This year the lucky … read more...

Gold Dust mentees win book deals and prizes

Gold Dust mentees win book deals and prizes

Antonia Honeywell, ex-student of Jill Dawson, and of two other of our mentors, has just signed a book deal with Orion for her novel The Ship. Antonia was mentored on Writers Pool, a mentoring scheme Jill set up in 2004, a fore-runner to Gold Dust, where Antonia was mentored for a year by the novelist Katharine McMahon. Antonia went … read more...

Gold Dust writer’s work makes the airwaves

Charlotte Macleod, mentored by novelist and playwright Louise Doughty, is having another play broadcasted on Radio Four.  Charlotte’s second play, Dotty Rogers: My Life in Movies will be broadcast on 24th May 2013.

Charlotte says of her time with Gold Dust, being mentored by Louise: ‘Louise is a professional and has demanded the same professionalism of me. When my work … read more...

Doreen and Alex taste publishing success

Two writers mentored by novelist Jill Dawson have found success this month. Doreen Massey has had her short story  The Upside Down Trees, set in Alaska, accepted for publication in the anthology Love on the Road. Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about love and travel.  The organisers write: ‘In April, we chose the … read more...

Prizes for Jacqui

Jacqui Haskell – mentored by novelist Jill Dawson – won third prize in the 2012/13 FISH Short Story competition with a short story called One for hello, one for goodbye. Also won Second prize in The New Writer’s poetry competition (judge Pascale Petit) with a poem about the Japanese earthquake called Hagoromo. Jacqui also got to meet Gold Dust … read more...

January 2013

January 2013

Lesley Gray, mentored by Jill Dawson, publishes her first novel, The King’s Jockey, published by Solis Press.

Lesley writes in the acknowledgements: ‘Jill Dawson and the brilliant Gold Dust programme put me on track with my first draft’ – ‘thank you, I don’t think I could have got this far without you.’… read more...

November, 2012

Jane Willis won the Tony Lothian Prize for a first time biographer. Well done to Jane and her mentor Sally Cline.… read more...

October 2012

For the second year in a row, distinguished biographer Sally Cline has helped a writer she mentored to reach the shortlist of the prestigious Tony Lothian prize, for first time biographers, organised by the Biographers’ Club.  Recent Gold Dust graduate Jane Willis’s proposed biography, Marguerite, Byron and the Literary Factory, focuses on the life and writings of the scandalous and … read more...

September 2012 update: Two Book Deal for Gold Dust Graduate

September 2012 update: Two Book Deal for Gold Dust Graduate

Rosie Rowell, mentored by Sally Cline, has been offered a two-book deal for her novel Leopold Blue. The publisher is Hot Key Books, an inprint of Bonnier Publshing. Rosie, speaking of her mentor Sal, wrote:  ‘Thank you again for all your energy and advice that went into our sessions and that made the book so very much better.’

Congratulations … read more...