The Literary Consultancy is excited to be working in association with Staple Magazine on an innovative showcase for its writing talent, both online and live at the Free Word Centre. See TLC Showcase Introduction for more on this and showcase editor Wayne Burrows.

Once a month we will highlight the work of one author whose work we have helped en route to commercial publication, or whose work a reader particularly championed.

We look forward to reading your feedback or comments on our Facebook group page.

Pen Factor Special

Guinevere Glasfurd

“The Words In My Hand is my first novel, and has occupied me for the last two years. I lost six months at the start of last year, as my daughter was unwell, and did not write a word. I thought, I can't write this book, and pushed it as far away from me as I possibly could. But the characters refused to be quiet; if anything, Helena's voice grew stronger. At the end of August 2013, I went back to it. I had a deadline and was determined to meet it. I wrote day after day and late into the night, and produced a first draft by the end of September. In January this year, I substantially rewrote the first third of the book, and by the end of March, the editing was finished.”


“I turned about the room, toe to toe, making the smallest circle. What I wanted was not there. His clock, his papers, his quill glass – emptied, cleared, gone. I had seen this room empty before and had not minded; now it only magnified my loss. I did not want a coin, or token, or keepsake. I wanted words, some note – but there was none. He’d gone without taking his leave. He’d taken what was his with him.” Extract from ‘The Words In My Hand’ by Guinevere Glasfurd – included in the showcase


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