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 on to do Faber Academy courses where she was taught by two of the Gold Dust mentors – Jill Dawson and Louise Doughty, and a 9-month Guardian Masterclass course with a third Gold Dust writer and mentor, Costa-winning novelist Andrew Miller.
Deborah Meyler, mentored by Jill Dawson (and taught first by Jill and Kathryn Heyman on an Arvon course) on her novel The Bookstore, has had the novel published by Bloomsbury. Congratulations!
Doreen Massey – mentored by Jill – has won $400 for her story She Hath Done What She Could in the Tom Howard Short Story Competition. The judges commented: “It is difficult to write convincing dialogue in various dialects but your brilliantly accomplished entry simply overwhelmed me.”
(‘There must be a good mentor around somewhere!’ Doreen said).