Gold Dust graduate wins competition

A Gold Dust graduate, Jacqui Haskell has won the July Telegraph Short Story club competition. Jacqui, who was mentored by Jill Dawson and taught by Jill on an Arvon course, has also had success in the Cinnamon Press anthology Jericho with her story High, and was long-listed for this year’s Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize and for the Fish Poetry and … read more...

Competition victory for Gold Dust author

Joanna Parry-Gokce, mentored by Gold Dust mentor Jill Dawson and taught by Louise Doughty at the Faber Academy, was recently runner-up in the Luke Bitmead/ Legend Press novel competition which offers a bursary and publication by Legend Press to first-time novelists.… read more...

Gold Dust author lands top agent and book deal

Gold Dust author lands top agent and book deal

Martha Lea was taught by two Gold Dust mentors, Kathryn Heyman and Jill Dawson this summer on an a residential course. She has been taken on by agent Peter Straus and already received an offer from Canongate for her novel.  She writes to thank both tutors for their encouragement:

‘Dear Kathryn and Jill,
I just wanted to thank you both read more...

Gold Dust author shortlisted for prize

Charlotte Macleod, mentored by Louise Doughty has been short-listed for The 2010 Westminster Prize at the Soho Theatre for her play Falling. She also won a place on the The Jerwood/Arvon Scheme 2011. She has been commissioned by David Hunter at Radio 4, for her afternoon play The Womb-Whisperer. To be broadcast 2012 Her first short play, Wasted, … read more...

Publishing success for Gold Dust author

Publishing success for Gold Dust author

Ed Siegle, mentored by Kathryn Heyman, has just had his first novel Invisibles published by Myriad Editions.

Says Ed, ‘Kathryn undertook to mentor me through the first 25,000 words of Invisibles, and her input into the early stages of the novel was invaluable to its development. Her intuition for character and guidance regarding structure helped to give Invisibles a solid read more...

Not one but two Gold Dust new writers up for major biography prize!

The Biographers’ Club has announced the 2011 short lists for the Tony Lothian Prize and the HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize – and two of those on the five-person shortlist for the former have been mentored by our phenomenal Gold Dust mentor, the biographer and writer Sally Cline.

In alphabetical order, the two mentees shortlisted for the Tony Lothian … read more...

Success for Saywell

Success for Saywell

Soon to be publishing her second novelTwitcher, Cherise Saywell is fulsome in her praise of Gold Dust mentor Lesley Glaister: ‘When I applied to Gold Dust I had written a novel and was struggling to find an agent,’ says Cherise. ‘I didn’t know if my novel was any good, or if I should just put it away and start another. … read more...

Award for Gold Dust author

Award for Gold Dust author

Bronx-born Pamela Vincent (who divides her time between London and Hove in Sussex) mentored by Gold Dust founder Jill Dawson, has won a Brit Writers Award for her novel Swamps and Marshes, it was recently announced at a glitzy O2 ceremony.  Warm congratulations to Pamela from everyone at Gold Dust!… read more...

Gold Dust author lands publishing deal

Gold Dust author lands publishing deal

Writer Jane Rusbridge is to publish her  first novel, following her experience of Gold Dust mentoring by Kathryn Heyman.

Jane Rusbridge’s novel The Devil’s Music will be published in July by Bloomsbury.  Fans of Sadie Jones will delight in Jane’s haunting and lyrical debut about love, betrayal and family secrets.  In the acknowledgments Jane thanks her Gold Dust mentor novelist … read more...