Kirstin Zhang, mentored for Gold Dust by Romesh Gunesekera, has won the Harpers Bazaar short story competition 2015. She has also been signed to an agent at AM Heath and says of being mentored by Romesh: ‘Gold Dust Mentoring is really worth its weight in gold’.
Rosie Nixon, taught by Jill Dawson on a week’s course in Morrocco, has signed a two-book deal for her first novel, The Stylist to be published by (Harlequin, now part of Harper Collins).
Vanessa Nicolson, who approached Gold Dust with an early draft of her memoir which was guided by Shelley Weiner, published that memoir Have you been Good? (Granta) to much acclaim. The Guardian said of it: ‘In recording her own roles as both daughter and mother, Nicolson has penned a double helix to motherhood. It accounts for the many shades of experience that shouldn’t be, but so frequently are, endured in families, irrelevant of privilege.’
Alex Hourston’s novel In My House (Faber) also received some excellent review coverage and was launched at Daunts Bookshop, Cheapside. Three Gold Dust mentors were there to share the celebrations: Louise Doughty, Shelley Weiner, and Alex’s mentor, Jill Dawson.