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 again for a fantastic week at the Hurst in June this year. Most especially, I want to thank you both for all your encouraging words and helpful advice about my novel, The Specimen. As you may know, I sent my first pages to Peter at RC&W and he passed them on to Jennifer Hewson. Jennifer has been wonderful, and I have had an offer for The Specimen. Truly, this wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for you two telling me to get it out there again. So thank you.
wishing you the best