No Season but the Summer

No Season but the Summer

Matilda Leyser writes:

‘No Season but the Summer took twelve years to write, from its conception to publication. That’s the same age as my son. The ideas in the book and the boy began together. But the ideas would never have grown beyond their infancy were in not for the mentorship I received from Sally Cline, through Gold Dust. I remember the night I found my way to the scheme, through a desperate midnight internet search. I was sitting up in bed – my son asleep on top of the covers, barely six months old. I felt quite alone and very lost. I wanted to keep writing, but knew that in the midst of the intensity of being a new mum, I would need support, encouragement and accountability. And the support also had to be flexible, easy to access with a little baby. I opened my laptop and started looking, and – for once – when doing such a fevered search, I struck gold.

‘I worked with Sally Cline for three years, and through her kind, generous and shrewd input, slowly the scraps of prose that were all I had at the outset, began to coalesce to form a story. We would meet in the back of the British Library cafe. Sal, always waiting, dressed in purple, ready to both challenge and cheer me onto the next stage. Through our exchange the core of the novel, which I went on to write, emerged. Gold Dust was instrumental in setting me on the path to publication.’

Photo: Mika Rosenfeld