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 Prize are: Elaine Cusack for Chas Chandler: The Man Who Made Hendrix and Katherine MacInnes for Snow Widows.

There are three others on the shortlist.

The judges are: Valerie Grove, journalist and biographer of Laurie Lee and John Mortimer, among others; Jane Mays, consulting literary editor at the Daily Mail; and David Waller, author of The Magnificent Mrs Tennant.

The winner will be announced at the Prize Dinner on 25 October, 6.30pm at the Oriental Club, Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES. Sally Cline and Jill Dawson will both attend in order to wish our mentees their warmest congratulations and good luck.