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TLC/AM Heath Free Reads Anthology Lineup Announcement

We are thrilled to be announcing the full lineup of twenty writers whose work will appear in the first ever TLC Free Reads anthology, due to be released in June 2019. TLC Free Reads is a scheme funded by Arts Council England, offering free access for low-income and marginalised writers to TLC’s professional editorial services. TLC is indebted to our 17 Free Read partners, a range of literature development bodies across England, who nominate writers for the scheme, filter submissions, and do valuable work supporting writers and writing in their respective areas with a range of programmes, prizes, workshops and more, from the Dorset County Council Library Service who run long-term writing programmes within their libraries and SABLE Lit Mag which champions the work of writers of colour, right through to the National Centre for Writing and Arvon Foundation working regionally and nationally to support writers developing their craft. Each contributor’s regional partner is listed below. The anthology has been generously sponsored by AM Heath Literary Agents, as part of their centenary year of celebrations, initiatives, and events.

TLC Free Reads Anthology Contributors

Shaun Aston, The Storm Lords of Ireth (Fantasy. Spread the Word)

Rachel Burns, Cornflake Girl (Psychological thriller. Arvon Foundation)

Maeve Clarke, Four Storeys (Literary. Creative Future)

Hilary Dancing, A Year in the Life of Polly E. Cotton (Commercial. Writing East Midlands)

Scott Derry, In Elisabeth’s Shadow (Contemporary. Writing West Midlands)

Alexi Francis, Dusk, Night, Dawn (Creative non-fiction. Creative Future)

Jay Gee, Scrounger of Ambit Edge (Young Adult. Shape Arts)

Sadie Nott, A Ton of Feathers (Literary. Creative Future)

JL Hall, Pink Snow (Literary. Spread the Word)

Anba Jawi, The Silver Engraver (Historical. Exiled Writers Ink)

Jai Kaur Kainth, Mad, not mad (Literary. SABLE Lit Mag)

Reba Khatun, Habiba Begum Is Not Shy (Middle grade. TLC)

Cler Lewis, A Remedy for Drowning (Literary. Shape Arts)

Sally-Anne Lomas, Live Like Your Head’s On Fire (Young Adult. National Centre for Writing)

Amber Lone, Non Believers (Literary. TLC)

Tim Martindale, Pathways to Home (Creative non-fiction. Arvon Foundation)

Jon Ransom, The Whale Tattoo (Speculative. National Centre for Writing)

Jessica Smith, Minna Lies (Psychological thriller. New Writing North)

Ben Webster, The Chartered Institute of Awesomeness (Middle Grade. New Writing North)

Ruel White, What Makes a Volcano (Literary. Wasafiri)


Huge congratulations are also due to our Highly Commended writers who will be the subject of an online feature in the same month the Anthology is released.

Highly Commended

Jools Abrams, An Absent Year (Family history, literary. Wasafiri)

James Ferron Anderson, Fields of Athenry (Literary. National Centre for Writing)

Lynne Blackwood, When Goats Come Home (Crime. SABLE Lit Mag)

SL Cook, Hope (Historical. Literature Works)

Nina Cullinane, The Disappearing Woman (Literary. New Writing South)

Katherine Davey, The Cut Decisive (Historical. TLC)

Rowena Fishwick, Unsound (Crime. New Writing South)

Gill Haigh, Humans Lie (Comic literary. Spread the Word)

Tawseef Khan, Some Loving Instruction (Contemporary literary. New Writing North)

Sai Murray, Ad Break (Contemporary literary. SABLE Lit Mag)

Erik Olsen, The Tendril (Timeslip historical. TLC/Michael Langan)

Michelle Porter, Not Moving to Eastbourne (Literary. Creative Future)

Pascale Presumey, Louis and the Poppy Girl (Historical coming of age. Writing West Midlands)

Liz Xifaras, The Mortal Thread (Historical. Writing West Midlands)


We are delighted to be working with AM Heath on this important anthology, which recognises both the long-running Free Reads programme, and the talented writers it supports. To find out more about the scheme, which is part of TLC’s Quality Writing for All campaign, please see this page on our website.

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