TLC Readers

At TLC we work with an excellent team of highly skilled editors, who assess work written in English by writers at all levels, from novice to published, across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays. Many of our readers have received particular acclaim. Some specialise in very specific genres, like picture books, high-concept literary, fantasy YA, self-help, or memoir, others read across a wider range of work, but all have the particular sensitivity and skills needed to critique the work of others. Each incoming manuscript is hand-matched to one of these editors by our in-house team. Please let us know in your initial correspondence to us if you have a preference, and we will try to accommodate this where possible.

Our readers form an incomparable team. Their many achievements are too numerous to list fully here, but between them they have published bestselling books, won dozens of awards, commissioned work for leading publishing houses and literary agencies, produced award-winning theatre and radio plays, tutored creative writing at UEA, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths and the OUP, worked as writers in residence around the world, and more. We have included a short line to demonstrate what each reader tends to read for TLC, but if you don’t see your genre represented, do just get in touch directly and we can discuss your requirements.

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“I find working with TLC highly rewarding, not only because critiquing other writers’ manuscripts teaches me a huge amount about my own writing craft and process, but because TLC, with their aim of helping writers better understand their own ambitions, coupled with their honest and ethical approach, provide a service unmatched by any other in the industry. I benefited from their services myself early on in my writing career, and strongly believe that without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am proud to call myself a TLC reader!”

Emma Pass, award-winning YA novelist and tutor

Jane Adams

Jane Adams is the author of more than thirty published novels and a number of short stories. She also teaches Creative Writing. She is currently one of two Royal Literary Fund Fellows at de Montfort University, helping students with their academic writing and has also been involved in the RLF’s broader education projects, working with public sector, charities and arts groups to help them develop their writing skills. She is represented by Writing Project, an agency that develops bespoke workshops. Jane is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is particularly interested in genre fiction, and in helping writers to develop their individual, creative voice.

For TLC Jane reads Young Adult, fantasy, sci-fi, crime and thrillers


Kate Ahl

Kate Ahl is a freelance editor who has long inhabited two very different literary worlds: academic publishing, and commercial women's fiction, including romance and erotica.  Having worked with academic publishers Routledge and Pearson, where she commissioned and developed approachable humanities titles - including books in the Thinking in Action series,  a 'grown-up' list of York Notes for literature undergraduates, and Andrew Cowan's intimate and elegant The Art of Writing Fiction - she jumped rails and moved to fiction publishing, acquiring and developing titles for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Carina UK, Mira Ink and boutique digital publishers Bookouture.  While she maintains a lively interest in helping early career academics revise their PhDs for publication, and is a reader for OUP's Very Short Introductions series, the bulk of her work in recent years has involved coaching burgeoning romance and erotica authors through the twists and turns of world-building, characterisation, conflict, and writing good sex – an activity that is given a lively underpinning by her training as a psychotherapist.

For TLC Kate reads romance, erotica, and women's commercial fiction


Noga Applebaum

Noga Applebaum has a PhD in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University. Her book, Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People, was published by Routledge in 2009. She currently lectures on Children’s Literature at the Open University and teaches creative writing for people wishing to write for children and teens at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute. Noga participated in the three volumes of the Ultimate Book Guide and regularly interviews children’s authors and reviews new titles for several websites. In the past Noga worked for Booktrust and piloted a national creative writing programme for teenagers. She is twice winner of the London Writers’ Competition and is currently working on a YA novel.

For TLC Noga reads children's and YA fiction


Sue Atkinson

Sue Atkinson was a teacher and researcher in primary education for several years publishing academic books and articles, and also books for teachers and children, both fiction and non-fiction. She runs workshops on writing for children and tutors over the internet. She has written several ‘life writing’ books and Climbing out of Depression (Lion 1993) has been translated into 12 languages. Her book, Breaking the Chains of Abuse (Lion 2006), is about her journey of recovery from childhood sexual abuse. Her latest book Struggling to Forgive: Moving on from Trauma was published in 2014.

For TLC Sue reads children's fiction and non-fiction, life writing, and memoir


Frankie Bailey


Frankie Bailey began her scriptwriting career as a ‘one-liner and sketch writer’ for Lenny Henry and Tracey Ullman. (THE LENNY HENRY SHOW, THREE OF A KIND). Squeezing through the narrow aperture of sitcom and comedy drama as a team-writer (BIRDS OF A FEATHER, LOVE HURTS) she survived relatively unscathed to go on to write for a number of medical, legal and ‘precinct’ drama series (CASUALTY, PEAK PRACTICE, CROWN PROSECUTOR, HEARTBEAT) After a long period as a freelance script editor for various independent production companies, she returned to creative writing with her RADIO 4 play (SIGNS AND WONDERS) which received glowing press reviews. She is currently creating a trilogy of stage plays -THE DEEPER SOUTH, extracts from which are due to be 'workshopped' in New York in summer 2020 - based upon the interlocking lives of three American playwrights.

With a considerable academic background in English and American Literature and History, plus a recent BSc in Psychology, Frankie reads and edits TV and radio scripts for TLC and also regularly reports on historical fiction, biography, autobiography, music and memoir.

For TLC Frankie reads non-fiction (scripts, screenplays, biography and memoir/autobiography) and fiction (special interest in historical fiction)


Simon Barraclough

Simon Barraclough is a published poet, freelance writer, professional copy-editor, tutor and mentor. He has taught at The Poetry School, City Lit and Morley College as well as working one-to-one with mentees. In 2000 he won the London Writers' Competition and his debut collection Los Alamos Mon Amour (Salt 2008) was a Forward First Collection finalist. Since then he has published Bonjour Tetris (Penned in the Margins 2010) Neptune Blue (Salt 2011) and Sunspots (Penned in the Margins). Sunspots also toured the UK in 2015 and 2016 as a one-man show including music, songs and film. Simon also devised and edited the multi-poet, multimedia event Psycho Poetica (Sidekick Books 2012) and co-wrote and co-performed The Debris Field (Sidekick Books 2013). In 2014 Simon was writer in residence at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory where he taught and also edited the anthology of scientists' poems Laboratorio (Sidekick Books 2015). In addition to poetry, Simon has published short fiction and non-fiction and is currently working on a collection of short stories set in London.


For TLC Simon reads poetry and short stories


Rachael Beale

Rachael Beale has spent much of her career experimenting with words and technology, writing for technical companies or doing technical things for literary ones. She read English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge before training as an editor. She is now Web Manager for the London Review of Books, where she is part of the social media team, amongst many other things; she currently has responsibility for editorial and technical management of the London Review Bookshop website, including overall strategy, and content planning and production. Her eye for talent-spotting is well regarded in the industry: she was a judge for the 2013 Costa First Novel Award and has been a reader for the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Prize since 2015. She continues as an editor on a freelance basis, and has also contributed book reviews to a number of websites, including Booktrust and Fiction Uncovered. She was a contributor and Advisory Board member for the women's literature online magazine

For TLC Rachael reads literary fiction, literary-commercial crossover and short stories


Martyn Beardsley

Martyn Beardsley is a writer of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His Sir Gadabout books have been published in several countries, and were turned into an award-winning series for CITV. Several of his other children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, also have a historical theme. Smuggler! and The Last Duel were both published by Barrington Stoke, who specialise in books for children who are reluctant readers, or suffer from dyslexia or other reading difficulties. For adults he has written Deadly Winter, a biography of the Arctic explorer and Trafalgar veteran Sir John Franklin, co-edited Gratefull to Providence, the diary of an eighteenth century apothecary-surgeon, and Waterloo Voices. His Victorian crime novel Murder in Montague Place features Bleak House's Inspector Bucket as its protagonist. In 2015 he published Waterloo Voices 1815 (Amberley Books), a collection of eyewitness accounts of the battle. In addition to history, one of Martyn's special areas of interest is spirituality of all kinds, but especially Eastern religion and culture. Other non-fiction interests include true crime, ghosts, UFOs, alternative health, sport, family history and genealogy. Martyn is a Buddhist, and practices Yoga and Tai Chi. Martyn won the 2018 Holyer an Gof Young Adult Fiction award run by Gorsedh Kernow, an organisation devoted to Cornish language and culture, for his children's book The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock, Our Street Books (John Hunt Publishing). He is currently working on a three book commission for Pen & Sword.

For TLC Martyn reads children's and YA fiction and a wide range of adult non-fiction including historical biography and memoir


Dzifa Benson

Dzifa Benson has 9 years of creative writing teaching experience that covers storytelling, poetry, plays, songwriting, opera, journalism and life writing. Her own artistic practice embraces all these ways of writing and as such, she is very comfortable guiding people through the process of different forms of storytelling with constructive criticism and feedback. For 7 years, she led the Shepherds Bush Writers’ Junction and with her help and guidance one participant writer, Sade Adeniran, went on to win the Commonwealth Book Prize (Africa) while another, Hisham Matar, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Dzifa regularly works with young writers in schools and other institutions such as Booktrust, Southbank Centre, the Royal Geographical Society, the University of East London, on tour with the British Council in South Africa and the UK and with older people in sheltered accommodation with Westminster Arts. She has extensive teaching experience in higher education, on community participatory arts projects and within the creative industries, most of it focused on Creative Writing and Applied Theatre.

Most recently she was a facilitator on English PEN’s Make My Day project where she worked with young people who recently arrived in the UK as immigrants and therefore have little or no English. She helped them to write poetry and stories that were published in a book for sale later this year. In addition to this, last year she was recruited as a long list judge for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and Commonwealth Book prizes.

For TLC Dzifa reads poetry, fiction, memoir and short stories


Kavita Bhanot

Kavita Bhanot’s fiction, non-fiction, reviews have been published and broadcast widely, including the landmark essay 'Decolonise, not Diversify' (Media Diversified/Lines of Dissent.) She is editor of the anthologies Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press 2011) and the Book of Birmingham (Comma Press, 2018) and co-editor of the Bare Lit anthology (Brain Mill Press, 2017).  She has a PhD from Manchester University, and is currently researching Punjabi literature as a Leverhulme Fellow at Leicester University, where she is also a Creative Writing Fellow. She has taught Creative Writing, Literature and Critical Thinking at Manchester University, Fordham University and Ashoka University.

Kavita was selected as a 2018 Room 204 writer by Writing West Midlands and for the National Centre for Writing's Emerging Translator Mentorship Programme 2018-19. Her novel was the second runner up for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018. Kavita has been reading and mentoring for TLC for the last eight years, including working as a quality liaison officer working directly with UK-based literary agents and publishers on behalf of TLC. She is interested, (in all aspects of her work, including reading for TLC) in the politics of reading, writing and publishing. Kavita is happy to read literary fiction, and is especially interested in diasporic and international writing.

For TLC Kavita reads literary and commercial fiction


Fran Bigman

Fran Bigman is a writer and academic who has held research and teaching positions at the University of Leeds and Brunel University. In 2014, she received a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge for a thesis exploring the representation of abortion in British fiction and film from 1907-1967, a topic she has discussed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She also holds an MPhil in English from Cambridge and a BA in history from Brown University. Before graduate school, she spent three years working in the editorial department of Alfred A Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books at Random House in New York. She has also worked for W.W. Norton & Company in New York and the literary agents AP Watt and The Wylie Agency in London. Fran’s work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post, Lit Hub,, The Conversation, Wasafiri, and other publications. She is currently nonfiction excerpts editor of Guernica, and she has also served as reviews editor of  Fiction Uncovered, Words Without Borders, and the Jewish Quarterly.

For TLC, Fran reads sci-fi, dystopia, non-fiction and literary fiction


Matthew Branton

Matthew Branton is the author of four novels, The Love ParadeThe House of WhacksCoast and The Hired Gun, all published in the UK by Bloomsbury and translated into Japanese and Russian overseas. He was involved in the controversial New Puritans project (Fourth Estate, 2000) and his fifth novel was published in a groundbreaking online venture with the Independent on Sunday, for whom Matthew also reviews regularly. He has lectured in creative writing as far afield as the University of Hawaii, and has worked with The Literary Consultancy for several years.

For TLC Matthew reads literary and commercial fiction (historical, crime, thriller) and non-fiction (humour, guides, self-help, biography)


Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley has been working in publishing for over ten years, including five years as a commissioning editor for both Little, Brown and Anova Books. He is the author of eight books: the novels, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Half A World Away (Pan Macmillan), We Could Have Been the Wombles (Penguin), The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures and Shopping While Drunk (John Murray), Rock and Pop Elevens (Michael O’Mara), All in the Best Possible Taste (Simon and Schuster) and four ghostwritten works.

For TLC Tom reads fiction and non-fiction, specialising in crime/thriller, romantic comedy, commercial fiction, and memoir


Wayne Burrows

Wayne Burrows’ recent publications include Black Glass: New & Selected Poems (Shoestring, 2015), Eastern Bloc Songs: A Sampler (Nottingham Contemporary, 2016) and Exotica Suite & Other Fictions (Shoestring, 2015), the latter was also released as a CD, Exotica Suite, made in collaboration with the musician Paul Isherwood (The Soundcarriers). In recent years, he has increasingly worked collaboratively and on such commissioned works as The Apple Sequence (Orchard Editions, 2011), Spirit Wrappings (Nottingham Contemporary, 2012), Marine: A Story In Eight Objects (Nottingham Castle/Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, 2013) and The Disappearances/The Peel Street Codex (Sidelong, 2013). He edited Staple Magazine from 2007 until 2010 and has worked extensively in journalism, visual arts and performance. He currently lives in Nottingham.

For TLC Wayne reads poetry and literary fiction, and is interested in experimental projects 


Kit Caless

Kit Caless is an author, journalist and publisher. He is a co-director of Influx Press, an independent publisher in London that has published crtically acclaimed books by the likes of Darran Anderson and Eley Williams. He writes about books and authors for VICE and publications such as the Guardian, New Statesman and iNewspaper. He also wrote cult classic humour book, Spoon's Carpets: An Appreciation

Kit reads literary fiction (novels and short stories), non-fiction (humour, music, popular culture), poetry and books dealing with left wing politics


Stephen Carver

Dr Stephen Carver is a writer, editor and literary historian. For sixteen years he taught literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, spending three years in Japan as an associate-professor of English at the University of Fukui. He left UEA in 2012 to become Head of Online Courses at the Unthank School of Writing, a post he held until the end of 2018, when he left to focus on his writing. Stephen is the biographer of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, and he has published extensively on literature and history, with a particular interest in gothic fiction, censorship and popular culture. He also blogs about literature, film, history and creative writing, and is a regular contributor to Wordsworth Editions and several popular blogs, most notably Dirty Sexy History. His short stories have appeared in Not-Not, Cascando, Birdsuit, and Veto, and his first novel, Shark Alley, was published by Green Door in 2016. He is also, with Ashley Stokes, the co-editor of the forthcoming Unveiled Anthology of New Writing. Stephen is currently writing history for Pen & Sword Books; The 19th Century Underworld was published to considerable critical acclaim in 2018, with a follow-up on Dickens and Ainsworth scheduled for publication this autumn. He is currently negotiating his next contract.

For TLC Stephen reads literary and commercial fiction, genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror/gothic), non-fiction, creative non-fiction and life writing.



Cassandra Clark

Cassandra Clark has written award-winning scripts for theatre, radio and television and now writes a medieval mystery series featuring Hildegard of Meaux, nun, sleuth and spy in affairs of state. The medieval mystery series consists of seven titles from Hangman Blind through to The Scandal of the Skulls and is published by St Martins Press. She is a fan of anything medieval and particularly the reign of 'the beautiful boy' and much maligned King Richard II and his fight to retain the crown. Cassandra also writes romance novels under pseudonym. Medieval facts and opinions can be found on her website Cassandra Clark - Author.

For TLC Cassandra reads historical fiction specialising in the medieval period and romantic fiction


Angela Clarke

Angela is an author, playwright, columnist, screenwriter and broadcaster specialising in narrative non-fiction, memoir, crime/thrillers, observational humour and opinion pieces. Her debut crime thriller Follow Me (Avon) was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016. Follow Me has been short listed for the Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016, and long listed for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016. The second instalment in the Social Media Murder Series, Watch Me (Avon), is out November 2016. Angela’s memoir Confessions of a Fashionista (Ebury) is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. Her play, The Legacy, enjoyed it's first run at The Hope Theatre in June 2015. In 2015 Angela was awarded the Young Stationers' Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, on stage at Camp Bestival, and given talks and workshops at numerous book events. She has designed and delivered lectures to MA students, and workshops to GCSE pupils and loves being a reader for TLC. More can be found on her website

For TLC Angela reads memoir, non-fiction humour, women's commercial fiction and crime fiction 


Kieron Connolly

Kieron Connolly has experience within film, journalism and publishing. He gained a Diploma in Screenwriting from the National Film & Television School, with two of his films going on to win many awards. He has worked as a script reader for FilmFour Productions and The Works and as a journalist for the Daily Mail WEEKEND Magazine, movieScope Magazine and Writer’s Forum. He currently works in editorial for publisher Amber Books and freelances for the Mail on Sunday. As an author, he has written four illustrated non-fiction children’s books. His first book for adults, Dark History of Hollywood – A Century of Greed, Corruption and Scandal Behind the Movies, was published in 2014.

For TLC Kieron reads scripts, screenplays and treatments


Jude Cook

Jude Cook lives in London and studied English Literature at UCL, where he graduated with a First. Originally a musician and songwriter, his band Flamingoes released two albums twelve years apart: Plastic Jewels (1995) and Street Noise Invades the House (2007). His debut novel, Byron Easy, won the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Competition in 2007. It was bought by William Heinemann (Random House) and was published in February 2013. Jude has written for the Guardian, the Spectator, New Statesman, Literary ReviewTLS, the i-Paper, Review 31and 3AM Magazine. His essays and short fiction have appeared in The Stockholm ReviewThe Moth, The Tangerine, The Honest Ulsterman, The Mechanics' Institute Review, Structo, Staple, Litro, Storgy and Long Story Short. In 2017, he was longlisted for the Pin Drop RA short story award, and in 2018 shortlisted for Leicester Writes Short Story Prize, and longlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. Jude's second novel, Jacob's Advice, is due out with Unbound in 2020. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Westminster.

For TLC Jude reads literary and commercial fiction, speculative fiction, short fiction (novellas/short stories), memoir, and screenplays


Cherry Cookson

Cherry Cookson worked for many years as a Senior Radio Drama staff producer for
 the BBC, winning many national and international awards for her productions, including
 two Gold Sony Awards and directing several plays that won Writers’ Guild awards. 
She also directed the BBC entries for the Prix Italia and Prix Futura
 and won the New York International Programming award for a World Service Drama production.
She now works freelance as an independent radio producer, teaches radio acting and 
creative writing and works as a script consultant. She has recently directed two plays 
for BBC Radio 4 and is working on a play for BBC Radio 3 for the Olympics.

For TLC Cherry reads scripts, radio plays, and short stories


Paul M.M. Cooper

Paul M.M. Cooper is a novelist, journalist and editor who grew up in Cardiff, Wales. After graduating from the UEA Creative Writing MA, Paul taught English in Sri Lanka. While there he returned again and again to the ruins of Polonnaruwa, learnt to speak Sinhala and to read Tamil. His critically acclaimed novel River of Ink was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

For TLC Paul reads literary and historical fiction, with a special interest in South Asia


Stephanie Cross

Stephanie Cross has ghostwritten two Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoirs:  The Living Years by ex-Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford (Constable, 2014), and The Girl on the Dancing Horse by dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin (Preface, 2018, shortlisted for the 2019 Telegraph Sports Autobiography of the Year Award).  She reviews fiction for the Daily Mail, and is also a writer-in-residence for the schools-based literacy charity First Story. 

For TLC Stephanie reads commercial fiction (especially women's and psychological fiction), literary fiction, and memoir


Sareeta Domingo

Sareeta Domingo has over a decade of experience in publishing, including more than eight years as Senior Editor at unique fiction packager Hothouse Fiction Ltd. She worked as a freelance editor for a spell, before taking up her current role as an Editor at Harlequin/Mills & Boon, an imprint of Harper Collins. She has worked on numerous projects in a wide range of genres, in children's fiction, middle grade and YA, romance, and both literary and commercial adult fiction. Sareeta spent her formative years in Bahrain and is interested in international narratives, with a particular interest in African and African-diasporic narratives. Having been commissioned to write erotic short stories published in compilations for Agent Provocateur, and then an erotic novella for Pavilion Books, Sareeta then turned her hand to commercial fiction and her debut novel, The Nearness of You, was published by Piatkus in May 2016. She lives in South East London.

For TLC Sareeta reads YA fiction, adult literary and commercial fiction, and romance, with an interest in African diasporic fiction 


Heather Dyer

Heather Dyer writes picture books and novels for children aged 7-11. The Girl with the Broken Wing was one of Richard and Judy’s ‘Best Children’s Books Ever’, and The Boy in the Biscuit Tin was nominated for the Galaxy Best British Children’s Book Award. Her books have been broadcast on Radio 4, and are studied in schools at Key Stage 2. Heather also teaches creative writing at Aberyswyth University, where she is the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

For TLC Heather reads children's fiction


Gill Farrer-Halls

Gill Farrer-Halls is the author of twenty-one published non-fiction books in the Mind Body Spirit genre, including The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Buddhist WisdomWorking with Karma and The Aromatherapy Bible.  She has also edited several published non-fiction titles. A practising aromatherapist, she has been a Principal Teacher and Examiner with the International Federation of Aromatherapists for many years, and additionally has been teaching crystal healing for the last few years. Gill produced and directed many of the Meridian Trust Buddhist Film & Video Archive DVD programmes of the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist teachers.
Gill has a BA in English, Film and Drama, and has studied on two post-graduate courses: in theories and teaching of composition, and deconstructionism applied to poetry, and in creative writing and self-development. She has also attended several creative writing courses with the Arvon Foundation and is currently working on a novel.

For TLC Gill reads MBS, literary fiction, and memoir


C. J. Flood

C. J. Flood is the author of Infinite Sky, a coming-of-age novel about family, love and betrayal for young adults and ex-young adults. The novel received glowing reviews in The Guardian, Mail, and Telegraph, and was selected as one of the Telegraph's Top Ten YA Books of the Year. It was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award and the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award. Chelsey lives in Bristol where she is finishing her second book, due from Simon and Schuster in 2014. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and teaches Creative Writing to teenagers and adults in a variety of settings. She is also part of live literature collective Kill Your Darlings, and has performed her work at festivals across the country. In 2014, Infinite Sky was announced as the winner of the Branford Boase Award.

For TLC C.J. reads YA fiction


Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes is a science writer with a special interest in the relationship between art and science.  He has written numerous articles and reviews, many specialising in the relation between the arts and science, for the Guardian, Independent, The Times, Financial Times, Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, World Medicine, Modern PaintersNew Statesman, and other magazines.

He was editor of the Poetry Society's Poetry Review from 1986-2002 and edited  Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (Viking, 1999). The Gecko’s Foot, a book on the new science of bio-inspired materials, was published by Fourth Estate in 2005 and was long-listed for the Royal Society Prize. Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and camouflage (Yale University Press, 2009) won the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. His latest book is Nanoscience: Giants  of the Infinitesimal (Papadakis), co-written with the sculptor Tom Grimsey.  He teaches the Narrative Non-fiction short course at City University, London, and is RLF Writing Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

For TLC Peter reads poetry and non-fiction (popular science, arts, travel)


Julia Forster

Julia Forster is a writer and publisher with over twenty years experience across a broad range of roles. As a writer she has written fiction and non-fiction and is currently represented by C+W agency. Her most recent book is a coming-of-age novel, published in 2016 with Atlantic Books called What a Way to Go, and also in 2016, Julia was awarded a K Blundell Trust Award from the Society of Authors for her third book which she is now working on. Julia now works for Literature Wales where she sits on their bursary panel, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers. She has worked in the publishing industry across the UK, including a stint in a literary agency in Soho. She works in marketing and PR for New Welsh Review where she also coordinates the annual New Welsh Writing Awards and she is an associate of Ruth Killick Publicity. Julia mentors novelists and runs career development workshops for authors. As a journalist and critic, her writing has appeared in AgendaArts Professional, PN Review, Resurgence, New Welsh Review, The Author and Writing in Education.

For TLC Julia reads contemporary fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction


Karl French

Karl French has worked for the past 20 years as an editor, writer and journalist for various publishing houses, among them Simon & Schuster, Foruli, Bloomsbury and Faber and Faber, and national publications, including the Guardian, Hotdog magazine and the Financial Times. He has also worked on books by Tim Jeal, Andrew Boulton, Miranda Seymour, Jonathan Fenby, John Kampfner, Lance Price, Peter Hook, Simon Wilde, Glenn Hughes among many others. He was for several years a reader at Bloomsbury Publishing where he read over one thousand manuscripts, and his recommendations for publication included the collected letters of Hunter S. Thompson, the reissued novels of Terry Southern and Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind’s history of Hollywood in the 1970s which became a major best-seller. Karl has worked on several memoirs and biographies, most recently he worked as an editor of Bill Bruford’s autobiography, and also translated Markus Torgeby's memoir, The Runner, published by Bloomsbury. He has also written and edited several books on the cinema and music – titles including Screen Violence, chosen by JG Ballard in the Sunday Times as his book of the year, This Is Spinal Tap – the Official CompanionCult MoviesArt by Film Directors and Abba Unplugged – and works for TLC and on a freelance basis as a reader, editor, mentor and editorial consultant. He also works as a reader for Aitken Alexander Associates.

For TLC Karl reads literary and commercial fiction, and non-fiction (biography, autobiography, memoir, travel, political histories)


Rose Gaete

Rose Gaete was an agent for six years at the prestigious Wylie Agency where she worked with authors such as Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ahdaf Soueif, Jon McGregor and Paul Theroux. She is currently an editor and reader for a variety of publishers including HarperCollins, Bloomsbury and Atlantic Books. She has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University. Her particular specialty is contemporary novels. Rose works as a manuscript consultant and mentor for TLC.

For TLC Rose reads literary and commercial fiction


Natalie Galustian

Natalie Galustian has spent over twenty years working with books. She holds a BA Hons in English Literature and a Masters degree in Modernism and Modern Writers from Royal Holloway, University of London. After graduating, she freelanced for BBC radio and television as well as Film 4 Productions before joining Simon Finch Rare Books as a book seller. She worked as an antiquarian book dealer for fifteen years, running her own book shop in London's Cecil Court before becoming a full-time literary agent at DHH literary agency. She co-edited an anthology of new short stories on poker with biographer and journalist Anthony Holden entitled He Played For His Wife, which was published by Simon & Schuster in November 2017.

For TLC Natalie reads memoir, literary fiction, short stories, narrative non-fiction and comedy.


Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon’s first novel, Landfall, was published by Penguin in 2011. She is the co-author of Being A Writer (Frances Lincoln, 2017) with Travis Elborough, and her journalism has appeared in Intelligent Life, the Guardian and the Independent. She is a former associate editor of Granta Magazine and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Hertfordshire as well as working as a freelance editor.

For TLC Helen reads literary and commercial fiction


Karol Griffiths

Karol has a diverse background with years of experience working with playwrights, film and television writers as well as bestselling novelists. She has been Lynda La Plante’s script and copy editor and an integral part of her development team for the past three years.  In that time she edited the novels BacklashWrongful Death, and the quick read novel The EscapeShe also script edited Season 4 of the highly acclaimed ITV Television series Above Suspicion, and has helped develop numerous other film, television and theatrical projects as well as working with self and traditionally published writers one-on-one.

Karol has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale School of Drama, a BA in Drama and English Literature, and a Post Graduate Diploma from NFTS in Script Development.

For TLC Karol reads scripts, screenplays, and a range of fiction including crime, historical, coming-of-age, women's fiction and magical/spiritual fiction


Vicky Grut

Vicky Grut started out on the staff of the independent publishers Lawrence and Wishart in the late 1980s. Titles she edited there, and subsequently as a freelance, ranged from academic texts to a political thriller by the MP Peter Hain. Her own writing has appeared in collections published by Picador, Granta, Duckworth, Serpent’s Tail and Bloomsbury in the UK, and her nonfiction essay 'Into the Valley' (Harvard Review #43) was listed as one of the Notable Essays of 2012 in Best American Essays 2013She has been a lecturer in creative writing for the Open University, London South Bank and the University of Greenwich. Her short story collection Live Show, Drink Included is published by Holland Park Press.

For TLC Vicky reads literary and commercial fiction, and short stories


Alan Harris

Alan Harris won a Judges’ Award at the Bruntwood Prize for How My Light Is Spent. His Love, Lies and Taxidermy was produced by Paines Plough in their Roundabout space at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before going on a national tour. He is currently under commission to BBC Radio 4. His The Opportunity of Efficiency played at the New National Theatre Tokyo (a collaboration with National Theatre Wales) and other writing credits include: A Scythe Of Time (New York Musical Festival), The Future For Beginners (liveartshow/Wales Millennium Centre), Marsha (Capital Fringe, Washington DC), A Good Night Out in the Valleys (National Theatre Wales), Rhinegold, Manga Sister (both for liveartshow at The Yard, London), Façade (Crashmat Collective),Wolf, The Lighthouse, This Is Not A Banksy, A Certain Date, Take Me To (all BBC Radio 4), The Gold Farmer (BBC Radio 3), The Journey (Welsh National Opera MAX), The Hidden Valley (Birdsong Opera/WNO) Cardboard Dad (Sherman Cymru), Miss Brown To You (Hijinx Theatre), Brute (Operating Theatre Company), Orange (Sgript Cymru) and was part of Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From tour. He is also a new writing tutor, working with organisations including Welsh National Opera and Sherman Cymru.

For TLC Alan reads theatre scripts and libretti


John Harrison

John Harrison is a freelance writer and traveller, and a lecturer specialising in adventure cruise travel in polar regions, Latin America and other remote areas. He writes travel books, history, short stories, reviews and journalism. He has twice been a winner of the national travel writing competition: the Alexander Cordell Award. His first travel book, Where the Earth Ends, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week. His second, Cloud Road, won the 2011 Wales Book of the Year, and is about five months travelling through the Inca heartland in the Andes, walking 700 miles on old Inca roads. Forgotten Footprints, 2012, is a history of the exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, based on the memoirs of little known sailors, sealers, whalers and explorers who slowly uncovered the last continent. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Welsh Academi, the Royal Society of Literature, and the British Guild of Travel Writers, and has won their narrative travel writing award for best book. His new book, 1519 A Journey to the End of Time, saw him travelling along the route of Hernán Cortés in his conquest of Mexico. When not travelling, he lives in Cardiff and London.

For TLC John reads non-fiction (travel, self-help), short stories, horror and historical fiction


Alison Hennessey

Alison Hennessey is the editorial director of Bloomsbury Crime. Hennessey was previously senior commissioning editor at Harvill Secker, where she looked after writers including Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell. Hennessey’s acquisitions at Harvill Secker included critically acclaimed crime writer Eva Dolan, a historical Indian-set series from Abir Mukherjee, and new books by author Denise Mina. Prior to working at Harvill Secker, Hennessey was an editor at Vintage Books. She has also worked on non-fiction. In 2013, Hennessey was named in the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 list of London's most influential people working in the creative industries.

For TLC Alison reads crime, thrillers and non-fiction


Mischa Hiller

Mischa Hiller is the author of Sabra Zoo, Shake Off and Disengaged (Jan 2015). He was a semifinalist in the 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and winner of the 2009 European Independent Film Festival script competition for his adaptation of Sabra Zoo. Sabra Zoo is winner of the Commonwealth Writer's 2011 First Book prize (Europe & South Asia region). He is also a runner-up in the 2006 Bridport short story competition and has had several short stories published.

For TLC Mischa reads thrillers and crime fiction, with an interest in international politics 


Daniel Jeffreys

Daniel Jeffreys has been an editor with TLC for 10 years. He holds an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from UEA. His short stories have been widely anthologised in publications including Tales of the Decongested, Litro, Ambit and The London Magazine. His freelance journalism inlcudes comic features for Esquire magazine and book reviews for the TLS and The Tablet. He also runs short story workshops in libraries. He is particularly interested in the ghost story and the Weird Tale.

For TLC Daniel reads contemporary and comic fiction, Weird fiction, horror and short stories


Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His sixth novel, The Dead Beat, was published by Faber & Faber in 2014. His previous novel, Gone Again, was a bestseller and Hit & Run, published in 2012, was an Amazon #1, as well as being selected as a prestigious Fiction Uncovered winner. His novel before that, Smokeheads, was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award. Before that he published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008), which received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre.

Doug was writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. Doug is currently also working on a number of screenplays for film and television.

For TLC Doug reads literary and commercial fiction, specialising in thriller, crime, and YA


Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison is an author, journalist and publisher. He is a co-director of Galley Beggar Press, an independent publisher from Norwich which has published award winning books such as Eimear McBride's A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. He regularly writes about books for the Guardian and has written for most other UK national papers. His own best-selling books include the Crap Towns series and Sod That: 103 Things Not To Do Before You Die.

For TLC, Sam reads literary fiction, non-fiction (humour, travel, religion) and books dealing with Ancient History



Michael Langan

Michael Langan is an editor and writer. He has taught writing for fifteen years and was senior lecturer and Programme Leader of Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich from 2002 – 2012, where he specialised in short story writing and the novel. He has a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in contemporary creative writing and a background in performance poetry. His short stories and poetry have been anthologised and published in magazines, journals and online. From 2007 – 2010 he was managing editor of Brand Literary Magazine, responsible for selecting and editing the magazine’s fiction and non-fiction content. He currently writes on visual arts, film and literature for the online magazine Polari and has a particular interest in contemporary literary fiction as well as historical fiction.

For TLC Michael reads historical fiction, literary and commercial fiction


Sue Lascelles

Sue Lascelles has many years’ editorial experience and has worked for some of the UK’s leading publishing houses, including Orion, Little, Brown, and Penguin Random House. In touch with current market trends – particularly in the areas of commercial non-fiction, literary fiction and MBS – she specialises in guiding new writers towards successful publication, as well as supporting established authors through the editorial process. She has a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter.

For TLC Sue reads MBS, literary fiction, and commercial non-fiction


Maxine Linnell

Maxine Linnell is a novelist, poet, editor, teacher and mentor, based in Leicester. Vintage (2010, Five Leaves) is a time-swap novel set in 1962 and 2010, and Closer (2012, Five Leaves) is a young adult novel about sexual abuse. She also retold three Thomas Hardy novels for ESOL and new readers (Real Reads), and Bloomsbury published Breaking the Rules (2011, Bloomsbury) in their Wired Up series for reluctant readers. She teaches memoir, the novel and editing skills for Writing East Midlands, mentors new writers and edits and proofreads novels. She is also a psychotherapist and bibliotherapist.

For TLC Maxine reads YA fiction, psychological fiction and memoir


James Lovegrove

James Lovegrove is the author of more than 50 books, and his work has been translated into twelve languages. His novels include the New York Times bestselling Pantheon series – plus a collection of three novellas. He has produced three Sherlock Holmes novels, and has a Holmes/Cthulhu mashup trilogy in the works, the first volume – The Shadwell Shadows – is due out in November 2016. His latest series is an outer-space action-adventure series.

James has sold well over 40 short stories, and has produced a dozen short books for readers with reading difficulties. His work has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the British Fantasy Society Award and the Manchester Book Award.  His journalism has appeared in periodicals as diverse as Literary Review, Interzone and BBC MindGames. He is a regular reviewer of fiction for the Financial Times and has also contributed features and reviews about comic books to Comic Heroes magazine.

For TLC James reads Sci-Fi, YA, children's, horror, historical, shorts and graphic novels


Ben Lyle

Ben Lyle has over fifteen year’s experience in screenplay development, working for the UK Film Council, Fine Line Features and as a development executive for Working Title Films. He was the head of development for Gorgeous and is now a freelance story editor, screenplay and book consultant for among others Working Title and Working Title TV, Studio Canal, Wilder Films and Curtis Brown. Ben has recently completed a PhD in screenplay development practice from UEA and prior to that gained an MA in Creative Writing (prose) from UEA. His debut literary novel Terms was recently published by Hookline Books and has been described as 'convincing and compelling'.

For TLC, Ben reads screenplays and treatments for film and television, as well as all books for adaptation potential


Alan Mahar

Alan Mahar is the former Publishing Director of Tindal Street Press, responsible for a prizewinning list of 70 titles of literary fiction that earned three Man Booker listings, two Orange, three Commonwealth Writers, two Costa First novel winners, a Betty Trask, three Desmond Elliotts – a track record of one-in-three prize-listed. As a small publisher, his responsibilities in addition to the business side, included commissioning and editing many books and overseeing their production. He enjoyed working closely with authors (such as Gaynor Arnold, Raphael Selbourne, Maria Allen, Paul Wilson, Anthony Cartwright and many others) to prepare their work for the scrutiny of the market. He is the author of two novels, Flight Patterns (Gollancz. 1999) and After the Man Before (Methuen, 2002), His other publications comprise short stories, anthology editing, reviews and articles for Literary Review, London Magazine, Warwick Review, Observer, Bookseller and others. He has recently resumed working on a novel put aside due to the pressures and pleasures of publishing. He is now a freelance consultant editor, writer and creative writing lecturer at several universities in the Midlands.

For TLC Alan reads literary and commercial fiction, and short stories


Lesley McDowell

Lesley McDowell is the author of three books of fiction and non-fiction. Her book Between the Sheets: Nine 20th Century Women Writers and their Famous Literary Partnerships was shortlisted for Scottish Book Awards 2011.Her latest historical novel, Unfashioned Creatures, was published in October 2013. She also reviews regularly for the Independent on Sunday, the Herald and the Scotsman, and has worked as a freelance editor as well as teaching creative writing and devising workshops for writers.

For TLC Lesley reads historical fiction and contemporary mystery


Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan is an established novelist and has written several acclaimed novels in both the crime and romance genres. Her first novel The Fall was published by Headline in 2012, and since then her Paula Maguire series of crime novels has received strong reviews and been optioned by BBC Drama for a television series. Claire was the Director of the Crime Writers' Association for two years and established the Crime Thriller MA at City University London, where she is Senior Lecturer. She has taught writing workshops for many organisations including Guardian Masterclasses and Arvon. As a journalist, she has written for Glamour, The Times, The Guardian and Writing Magazine and has been described as 'a knock-out talent' by crime writer Lee Child.

For TLC Claire reads crime, romance and women's fiction


Sheila McIlwraith

Sheila McIlwraith worked as a writers’ agent for many years, then as a commissioning editor with André Deutsch.  Authors she has worked with include Julian Barnes, Sarah Dunant, Sally Cline, Patricia Ferguson and Peter Mayle, and the books she has advised on and edited range from literary and popular fiction, through biography, history, popular medicine and science, travel, and all sorts of general nonfiction.  Latterly, she has been teaching creative writing and English literature in Scottish secondary schools and FE colleges.  She was educated in Glasgow and Oxford.

For TLC Sheila reads fiction and general non-fiction


Eloise Millar

Eloise Millar’s first novel, Wednesday's Child, was published by Virago in 2005 and went on to be shortlisted for the Young Minds Award. Elly also moonlights as a journalist, writing mainly for The Guardian, and has over ten years' experience in editorial work and publishing. In 2012 she co-founded Galley Beggar Press, an independent publisher that has since received many plaudits in the media and, in its first year, saw three of its authors receive national awards (including the inaugural £10,000 Goldsmith’s Award).  She is currently working on her second novel (Bleeding Heart Yard). Bleeding Heart Yard has been commissioned by Virago and has received awards from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation.

For TLC Eloise reads fiction (literary, chick-lit, thrillers, ghost stories) and non-fiction (memoir)


Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller's seventh novel, The Fairy Visions of Richard Dadd, was published by Peter Owen in 2013 and is part 2 of her Bedlam Trilogy. The Bedlam Trilogy will be published in one volume by Peter Owen in October 2019. She has also published a book of short stories about expatriate life in Saudi Arabia and  a book of interviews with homeless women and politicians. Hilary Mantel said of her work, " Miller's intricate fictions are lit by the dark flicker of a strong and original imagination." She has been a TLC mentor for six years and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute.

For TLC Miranda reads magical realist and historical fiction


Susan Milord

Susan Milord is an award-winning author and illustrator. Born in Connecticut, Susan spent her childhood in New Mexico, and went to school in both England and Mexico. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977 with a degree in graphic design, before starting work at Family Circle magazine in New York, then went on to be a freelance graphic designer. Since 1989, she has published 15 books for the American market with worldwide distribution to English-speaking countries. Several of her books have been translated worldwide, including into German, Chinese, Korean and French. Her work includes hands-on learning books for early readers, picture books, and re-tellings of folk tales. She is particularly interested in fiction for young readers with an international context, and especially in stories that take inspiration from folk tales.

For TLC, Susan reads children's fiction, educational material for children, and picture books


Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His first novel, The Scholar, was published in 1997. His is the co-editor, alongside Monique Roffey, of Tell Tales 4: The Global Village (2009) and of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000). His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published by Akashic Books (US) and Telegram (UK) in February 2013, and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2014. In the same year, his play Trim Palace was shortlisted for the Theatre 503 Playwright’s award and longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. Courttia's career has encompassed both screen and playwriting; plays include B is for Black, and an adaptation of Euripedes' Women of Troy. He has been nominated across his long-form and short fiction work for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Alfred Fagon Award, the Frank O’ Connor Award and The Edge Hill Prize.

Courttia is currently an associate lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. He has extensive experience teaching young people, undergraduates and postgraduates in a variety of settings both nationally and internationally, including for the British Council, Arvon Foundation, Kingston University and City Lit. Courttia has also been invited to speak at a number of conferences including Crime Across Cultures (Leeds University 2010), AWP Conference (Vancouver 2004), On Whose Terms (Goldsmiths University, 2009). Courttia was also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow from 2003-2004.

For TLC, Courttia reads urban literary fiction, surrealist fiction, science fiction, crime, experimental/postmodern fiction, African Diaspora fiction, and creative non fiction including memoir



Sally O-J

Sally O-J (Orson-Jones) is a literary editor and writer’s mentor, who has worked with a wide range of authors, with experience ranging from absolute beginners to an established TV scriptwriter and a Booker Prize shortlisted novelist. She especially loves the process of brainstorming and developing works in progress. Sally has been the reader for award-winning novelist Sarah Waters (Fingersmith, Affinity, Tipping the Velvet, The Night Watch, The Little Stranger) on all her books and continues to work with her. She collaborated with Viv Albertine of The Slits on her autobiography Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys, published in 2014, and To Throw Away Unopened, published April 2018. Previously, Sally was a journalist and editor in the music business, and has written and edited scripts for broadcast, entertainment news, album sleeve notes, and features. She is comfortable working in genres as diverse as literary fiction, biography, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, crime and mystery, as well as non-fiction and converted fan-fiction.

For TLC Sally reads fiction and non-fiction, specialising in historical, literary, mystery/thriller and converted fan-fiction


Sanjida O’Connell

Sanjida O’Connell has had four novels published by Black Swan and John Murrays (Theory of Mind, Angel Bird, The Naked Name of Love and Sugar Island) and four works of non-fiction (Mindreading: How we learn to love and lie; Sugar: The grass that changed the world; Nature’s Calendar and Chimpanzee: The making of the film). She was one of the winners of the Betty Trask award, was short-listed for The Asian Award for Literature, was one of the winners of The Daily Telegraph’s young science writer’s award, and was short-listed for Asian Woman of the Year. She also writes feature articles on science and green issues for national newspapers and magazines and has had columns in The Times and BBC Wildlife Magazine. She teaches workshops on creative writing and science writing for the media and has presented wildlife programmes for the BBC with Chris Packham, as well as directing science documentaries for the BBC. She has a PhD in animal psychology.

For TLC Sanjida reads non-fiction (science/environment), fiction featuring scientific ideas or concepts, and women's fiction


Emma Pass

Emma Pass is an author, workshop facilitator, editor and mentor. Her debut novel for teenagers, ACID (Random House Children's Publishing), won the 2014 North East Teenage Book Award, and was picked as a YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, The Fearless (Random House Children's Publishing), was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and won the 2015 Concorde Book Award.

Emma is also one half of Write Print Create, facilitating bespoke art and writing workshops for wellbeing which are suitable for all ages and abilities, including young people and adults with additional needs. Recent Write Print Create clients include the NHS, Writing School East Midlands and Sheffield Youth Justice Service.

For TLC Emma reads YA, children's fiction and middle grade fiction.


Alex Peake-Tomkinson

Alex Peake-Tomkinson is a writer and editor. She worked in book publishing for seven years, most recently as the Online Editor at Portobello Books, an imprint of Granta Publications. She has an MA in 20th Century English Literature and currently writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator, the Economist’s 1843 magazine, the Mail on Sunday and Stylist. Her writing has also appeared in the books pages of the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the Metro and Time Out. She specialises in contemporary fiction.

For TLC Alex reads literary and commercial fiction


Antonia Prescott

Antonia Prescott has worked for several years as a children’s book editor at Frances Lincoln Publishers. She has a wide range of expertise covering poetry, story books and fiction and non-fiction picture books. She is also a freelance writer of educational books for children and a translator. Among her recent publications are translations of Jacques Duquennoy’s award-winning French picture books, Ghost Party and Loch Ness Ghosts. She lives on the Wirral with her family.

For TLC, Antonia reads children's illustrated fiction, children's fiction, and children's poetry


Jane Purcell

Jane Purcell used to work in children’s books at Random House, but left to go freelance.  She wrote for the Guardian, Mslexia, and New Woman before moving into script writing.  Since then she has written and performed sketch comedy for radio (The Way it Is on Radio 4) and television, (Smack the Pony for Channel 4 and The Sketch Show for ITV/Baby Cow).  Her first play was Beryl du Jour for Radio 4, followed by a five-part Woman’s Hour series for Radio 4, Cooking for Michael Collins.  The Guardian described it as ‘Gripping’, and the Financial Times said, ‘Jane Purcell’s retelling of the story of Pidgie Rigney (spy, gunrunner, cook and pre-eminently a member of the women’s branch of the IRA) is immediately gripping. Writing, production and acting deftly sketch in the complex, often contradictory feelings of post-1916. Riveting.’ Her next Woman’s Hour series was about the history of girls comics, 43 Years in the Third Form.  The Telegraph said it was ‘funny, ingenious and evocative.’ She has also adapted The Indian in the Cupboard for the Saturday Play and abridged numerous books for radio.  She is currently writing a television pilot comedy and teaching creative writing at the Open University.

For TLC Jane reads scripts, screenplays, children's fiction and general fiction


Aisha Rahman

Aisha Rahman previously worked in the editorial department at HarperCollins for several years. Before moving to London, she was a lecturer at a university in Pakistan, where she taught a range of multidisciplinary courses, including a course on Pakistani Literature. Aisha particularly enjoys writing from the Indian subcontinent, but reads widely within contemporary fiction and YA fiction, and has a special interest in politics and history, both of which she has lectured in and enjoys editing work that engages with related themes.

For TLC Aisha reads literary and commercial fiction, and YA fiction


Lisa Robbins

Lisa Robbins's fiction is published in  UK and US magazines. Her work has been Highly Commended in The New Writer, serialised in Aquila, and she recently won Third Prize in London’s Writer-of-the Year Award. Lisa teaches university-level Writing and English courses and runs Writers’ courses and workshops in Florence, Italy.  Her fiction was translated into Italian  for   the European Writing Women Association’s compilation of 2017. She judges for the  UK's Bridport Short Story and Novel annual competitions.

For TLC Lisa reads YA, sci fi and fantasy fiction


Imogen Robertson

Imogen Robertson was born in Darlington and studied German and Russian at Cambridge University. After ten years directing TV, film and radio she became a full time writer on winning the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007. Since then she has written five novels in the Westerman and Crowther crime series which is set in the late 18th century, beginning with Instruments of Darkness in 2009. The new volume in the series, Theft of Life, is set against the background of the transatlantic slave trade and was published in May 2014. She has also written The Paris Winter - a novel of betrayal and revenge set in the late Belle Époque. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger three times and is the current Chair of the Historical Writers' Association.

For TLC Imogen reads historical and crime fiction


Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson first won attention in 2006 with his debut novel, Electricity (Picador, 2006). It was shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Authors' Club First Novel Award. The feature film of Electricity, starring Agyness Deyn as Lily, was released in the summer of 2014.

Robinson's other novels are The Man Without (Picador, 2008), Forgetting Zoe (Heinemann, 2010), and Jawbone Lake (Heinemann, 2014).

Forgetting Zoe was selected for the inaugural Fiction Uncovered promotion and was the Observer's 'Thriller of the Month'. Robinson was hailed as 'among the most impressive voices of Britain's younger generation' by the Irish Times.

Robinson is a post-graduate of Lancaster University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Creative Writing in 2006. He has appeared at literary festivals around the world, including La Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

For TLC Ray reads literary and commercial fiction, crime/thriller, and short stories


Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer and memoirist. She is the author of five books, four novels and a memoir. Three of her novels are set in Trinidad and the Caribbean region. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and the Encore Award in 2011. Archipelago (2012) won the OCM BOCAS award for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014. House of Ashes, published in 2014, is a novel drawn from historical events and tells the story of a gunman, a hostage and a child soldier caught up in a botched coup d’etat. It was shortlisted for the COSTA Fiction Award, 2015 and longlisted for the OCM BOCAS Award in 2015. Her memoir, With the Kisses of His Mouth traces a personal journey of mid-life sexual self-discovery and recovery from a love affair. She divides her time between the East end of London, and Port of Spain, where she teaches creative writing.

For TLC Monique reads literary fiction, memoir, experimental work, magical realism, women's fiction and Caribbean-focused fiction 


Cynthia Rogerson

Cynthia Rogerson has published four novels and a collection of short stories. These include Upstairs in the Tent (Headline Review), Love Letters from my Deathbed (Two Ravens), I Love You Goodbye (Black & White), and Fly & other stories (Salt Publishing). She won the V.S. Pritchett Prize in 2008, and her stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 and 2, as well as included in anthologies and literary magazines. Her novels have been nominated for the Saltire Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Prize.

Cynthia has an RLF Fellowship and is based at Dundee University two days a week. She supervises students on the creative writing program at Edinburgh University, as well as mentoring young writers through the Moniack Mhor Bridge Program. She also teaches creative writing to adults and children, and is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing for the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. Cynthia writes book reviews, and her fifth novel, Wait for me Jack, is published in January 2017. She has a website here.

For TLC, Cynthia reads short stories, poetry and fiction


Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross has been hailed as ‘a writer of formidable technical range and emotional depth’. His novel Pynter Bender was published in September 2008 to much critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize and chosen as one of the British Authors Club’s top three Best First Novels (2009). Jacob is also the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust. He has edited and co-edited numerous anthologies of short stories and is a committed and highly gifted creative writing teacher. He has taught, amongst other places, at Arvon and Goldsmiths University and currently lectures in Narrative Craft and International Literature in England and abroad. Jacob has mentored many promising writers through to successful completion of their manuscripts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards.

For TLC Jacob reads literary and commercial fiction


Rowan Routh

Rowan Routh is a freelance editor and reader. She has worked for the Jo Unwin Literary Agency, MacLehose Press, Picador, Chatto & Windus and City University. She was the originator and editor of a series of short fiction, Park Stories for The Royal Parks, commissioning the work of eight acclaimed short story writers including William Boyd, Ali Smith, and Will Self. She started her career in publishing at Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency, where she worked for Peter Straus, whose clients include Colm Toibin, Neel Mukherjee, Kate Atkinson, Alexander Masters, Adam Thirlwell and Carol Ann Duffy. Rowan was educated at Oxford.

For TLC, Rowan reads literary commercial fiction, memoir and non-fiction


Imogen Russell Williams

Imogen Russell Williams is an arts journalist and editor, with a BA in Classics and English and an MA in Text and Performance Studies. She writes a monthly children's literature review column for The Guardian, and quarterly children's round-ups for the TLS. She also reviews children's books, and occasional SF, fantasy and literary fiction, for The Metro. Imogen has worked for five years as a freelance editor and as a consultant to the Andrew Nurnberg Agency, helping writers refine their manuscripts. She is also the author of The Big Book of the UK (Ladybird), a non-fiction guide to Britain for readers of 5-8, and The Women Left Behind (Dempsey and Windle), a collection of poetry for adults illustrated by Chris Riddell.

For TLC Imogen reads children's fiction, picture books and YA fiction


Sibyl Ruth

Sibyl Ruth’s first poetry collection, Nothing Personal, was published in 1995 by Iron Press. A chapbook, I Could Become That Woman (Five Leaves), followed in 2003. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and have been broadcast on radio and TV. She lives in Birmingham and is a former Laureate of the City. Sibyl has taught creative writing for the Open College of the Arts and at the University of Birmingham. For five years she organised the literature programme at the Midlands Arts Centre. She is a member of the editorial advisory panel of Tindal Street Press and an assessor for the Arts Council of England. Currently she is working on a set of audio pieces about Birmingham’s Central Library.

For TLC Sibyl reads fiction and non-fiction (memoir) and poetry


Hannah Sheppard

Hannah Sheppard is a Branford Boase Award nominated editor who has worked in trade publishing for over a decade. She started her career at Macmillan Children’s books before moving to Headline Publishing Group to run the YA and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne's HEART-SHAPED BRUISE and Julianna Baggott's PURE trilogy. She is now a literary agent with the D H H Literary Agency representing authors such as Abi Elphinstone, Keris Stainton, Adam Hamdy and Chris McGeorge. She edits children’s fiction from 9 upwards with a specialism in young adult and crossover fiction.

For TLC Hannah reads children's, crossover and YA fiction


Amanda Smyth

Amanda Smyth is Irish-Trinidadian and was educated in England.  Her first novel, Black Rock (Serpent’s Tail), won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger 2010, and was selected for Waterstones New Voices in 2009. It was also chosen for Oprah’s Summer Reads for 2009, shortlisted for NAACP award and the McKitterick prize.  Amanda’s second novel, A Kind of Eden was published in July 2013 by Serpent’s Tail. She teaches Creative Writing at Arvon and Skyros.

For TLC Amanda reads women's fiction, and general fiction


Anna South

Anna South has worked in publishing for nearly twenty years and is as experienced with fiction as she is with non-fiction. During her seven years at Penguin UK she worked on all the adult imprints – latterly at the Penguin Press - and was lucky enough to be the first person at Penguin to read and champion the submission for Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth. The authors she published under the Allen Lane imprint included top ten best-selling writer Simon Jenkins, journalist Stephen Glover and the late Ian Hamilton. She also worked extensively on the Modern Classics lists commissioning many translations of works by authors such as Proust and Freud, and Introductions by a range of distinguished writers. Anna now works as an editorial consultant and reader (in both English and French), and her clients have included eight of the UK’s major publishing imprints (for whom she has frequently undertaken complete structural edits and rewrites), a leading literary agency and many different authors in a private client capacity.  In addition she’s written twelve Afterwords for the hardback series, Collectors’ Classics,  edited the best-selling Penguin anthology Poems of the Great War, and was one of the shortlist readers for the 2014-16 Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award. A number of the TLC submissions that Anna has worked on in recent years have gone on to become published books. Anna was educated at Oxford.

For TLC Anna reads literary and commercial fiction (historical, women's fiction) and non-fiction


Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stoke was educated at St Annes’ College, Oxford and the University of East Anglia (where he took an MA in Creative Writing). He is Head of School of the Unthank School of Writing and teaches creative writing for the OU. His stories have appeared in The Warwick ReviewStapleLondon MagazineFleeting Magazine and Fwriction Review among others. He also contributed a chapter to The Creative Writing Coursebook (MacMillan, 2001). He won a 2002 Bridport Short Story Award for The Suspicion of Bones. His first novel, Touching the Starfish was published in 2010 by Unthank Books. His 2013 short story collection, The Syllabus of Errors was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Fiction Award. He is also co-editor of the short fiction series Unthology. His personal website is:

For TLC Ashley reads literary and commercial fiction, genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror) and non-fiction (memoir/autobiography)


Thalia Suzuma

Thalia Suzuma is Head of English Publishing at the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation. There, she works to develop prize-winning fiction, non-fiction and academic works; identifying talent across the Middle East and promoting it internationally. She was previously Publishing Director at HarperCollins and an editor at Pan Macmillan and has been working in publishing for ten years. Thalia has worked with such authors as Cecelia Ahern, Lauren Weisberger, Tony Parsons, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Rosie Thomas and Jeffrey Archer. She also published the best-selling sequel to The Devil Wears Prada whilst at HarperCollins. Thalia is bilingual French-English and has a working proficiency in Arabic. She has run creative writing and publishing workshops at Oxford, UCL and Southampton University.

For TLC Thalia reads literary fiction, commercial women’s fiction, book club fiction, and has a special interest in Middle Eastern fiction and work in translation


Julia Thomas

Julia was resident director at Curve, Leicester through the RTYDS initiative and prior to this and was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio in partnership with National Theatre Wales. She is also a member of the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre New York participating in an international lab on ‘Making Theater in a Time of Change’.

Julia is an experienced dramaturg and specialises in working with writers developing the  WritersLab initiative at Curve. Julia was a gatherer for Leicester on the My Country, a Work In Progress for the National Theatre and is also a Director for National Theatre Connections. Julia is a guest tutor at the Young Actors Studio and is experienced in creating educational content for theatres and schools. Recent work is an online resource for Cat in the Hat (Curve, Leicester).

For TLC Julia reads theatre scripts


Patsy Trench

Patsy Trench has an MA in Theatre Text and Performance at RADA and Birkbeck College. A former actress, scriptwriter, script editor, lyricist and children’s theatre director, she now teaches and lectures on British Theatre at Kingston University, and organises theatre tours for overseas students. She has had four books published: The Worst Country in the World and A Country To Be Reckoned With tell the story of the early days of colonial Australia as seen through the eyes of Patsy’s ancestors; The Awakening of Claudia Faraday and The Purpose of Prudence de Vere are novels set in 1920s England about women of a certain age behaving badly. She also on occasion runs workshops for the Society of Genealogists on independent publishing for family historians.

For TLC Patsy reads theatre scripts, screenplays, and non-fiction (memoir, life writing)



Rachel Trezise

Rachel Trezise was born in the south Wales valleys in 1978 and studied journalism at the University of Glamorgan and University of Limerick. Her first novel, In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl, won a place on the 2001 Orange Futures List, while her debut collection of short fiction, Fresh Apples, won the EDS Dylan Thomas Prize. Her latest novel is Sixteen Shades of Crazy. She also writes non-fiction and drama.

For TLC Rachel reads short stories, literary and commercial fiction, and memoir


Saskia Vogel

Saskia Vogel is a literary translator, writer and editor. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from UCL and a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She is the Swedish series editor and translator for Readux Books, and has previously worked as a magazine editor, journalist, and global publicist for Granta Magazine, working on their events series and press campaigns as well as contributing to the magazine. Currently based in Berlin, Saskia ius the Honorary Secretary of SELTA and as part of the team that organizes Viva Erotica, an annual film festival in Helsinki that explores the art, history, and culture of sex on film. Saskia has written for a number of publications including The White ReviewLos Angeles Downtown News, Citizen LA, LArt magazine, SCARF and Severni Bunker (Serbia). Her translations include Lena Andersson's Acts of Infidelity and the award-winning novelist Karolina Ramqvist. Saskia's novel, Permission, was published by Dialogue Books in 2018.

For TLC Saskia reads high concept literary fiction, women's fiction, and fiction dealing with feminism, gender and sexuality


Kitty Walker

Kitty Walker studied Classics at Leeds University. Since then, she has worked in a variety of publishing houses and literary agencies, including Penguin Random House, Ed Victor Ltd, Oxford University Press and John Murray. For two years she worked at the Eve White Literary Agency where she edited numerous novels from bestselling authors, such as Jane Shemilt and Saskia Sarginson. She is currently a script reader and consultant for some of the UK’s leading feature film and TV companies, among them Working Title, ITV and The Ink Factory.

For TLC Kitty reads thrillers, crime, commercial fiction, YA, dystopia and screenplays


Ahren Warner

Ahren Warner's first book, Confer, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. His second collection of poems, Pretty, was published in June 2013 and also received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He received a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2010, Arts Council England Awards in 2008 and 2012 and was also the recipient of the Arts Foundation Poetry Fellowship in 2012. Ahren's poems appear in various major anthologies, including London: A History in Verse (Harvard University Press, 2012), Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009) and he is the editor of various works including the Best British Poetry 2013 anthology (Salt). He is currently Poetry Editor of Poetry London, and a tutor in the English Department of Queen Mary, University of London.

For TLC Ahren reads poetry


Shelley Weiner

Shelley Weiner is the author of five novels. South African-born, she  worked as a journalist, PR writer and editor in a publishing house before  turning to fiction. She is widely known as an inspirational creative writing tutor and nurturer of new talent, and tutors regularly for Guardian Masterclasses, the Faber Academy, Peirene, and Skyros Writers’ Lab. She served as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow for five years and has subsequently been appointed Advisory Fellow.  Shelley has lectured on the Creative Writing MA at Anglia Ruskin University, as well as for Birkbeck College, the Open University, the Taliesin Trust, the British Council in Israel, and Durham University Summer School.

For TLC Shelley reads literary and commercial fiction, and non-fiction (memoir)


Tessa West

Tessa West’s professional career has been spent largely in prisons. She was an assistant governor and, later on, an Independent Member of the Parole Board. Her non-fiction book Prisons of Promise was published by Waterside Press. The first creative writing she did was poetry, but she has successfully self-published four novels: The EstuaryThe Reed Flute, Companion to Owls and As Best We Can. Each of these is set in East Anglia, where she has lived all her adult life. Landscape is a feature in Tessa’s writing, as is her interest in identity and belonging.

Tessa was one of the first mentors at TLC, work she enjoys greatly and is able to combine with her own writing. As the final project for her MA in Writing the Visual (at the Norwich School of Art and Design), she created The Other Vikings, a hand-made book containing poems about or in the voice of Viking women. While writing The Curious Mr Howard, her biography of the prison reformer (published in 2011 by Waterside Press), she was awarded the Arthur Welton Award. In 2013 she exhibited a collection of maps and the poems they had inspired her to write. In 2014 Durpey-Allen published In the Wake of War, her collection of stories set in Napoleonic prisoner-of –war camps. In 2018 Shepheard-Walwyn published her second biography, Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw.

For TLC Tessa reads literary fiction, commercial fiction and biography


Alan Wilkinson

As a writer, Alan Wilkinson has specialised in non-fiction. He has researched and written several company histories, and edited two collections of Great War correspondence, including, ‘Thank God I’m Not A Boy!’ - The Letters of Dora Willatt, 1915-18 (Hull U Press, 1997). He has also scripted around 200 TV documentaries, and a number of Emmerdale episodes. He was the ghost-writer behind the successful Mike Pannett series of country cop memoirs (Now Then, Lad etc.) for Hodder. Since then he has written for a former drug-smuggler, a bounty hunter, a brewer and sundry other characters who prefer to remain anonymous. His ghosted biography of Warwickshire batsman Wasim Khan, Brim Full of Passion, was Wisden’s Cricket Book of the Year, 2007. His personal interests lie in the American West. In 2011 he spent six months alone on a ranch in western Nebraska, and produced The Red House on the Niobrara. He wrote of his adventures cycling across the Great Plains in There Used to Be a Guy… But He Died, and of travelling the length of the 100th Meridian (Between The Rockies and a Hard Place). His travel features have appeared anywhere from the Yorkshire Post and Daily Telegraph to the Wyoming-based American Cowboy. His first novel, Cody, The Medicine Man and Me was published by Ouen Press in 2017. His blog is available at

For TLC Alan reads a broad range of non-fiction


Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is a novelist and bookseller. Her first novel After the Fire, a Still Small Voice won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize as well as a Betty Trask award, and she was also short listed for the Orange prize for New Writers and the IMPAC award. She has written short stories, essays and articles for, amongst others, Granta, Vogue, the Guardian, The Observer, and The Telegraph.

She was educated at Bath Spa, and then at Goldsmiths University London for her MA in Creative Writing. She was recently listed as the one of the Culture Show’s 12 of the Best New Novelists.

For TLC Evie reads literary and commercial fiction


Kerry Young

Kerry Young is the author of three novels. Her first novel Pao (Bloomsbury 2011) was described by The Independent On Sunday as 'A pacy but absorbing saga of domestic struggle and gangland manoeuvring set against the violent backdrop of post war Jamaican politics'. Pao was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, Commonwealth Book Prize and East Midlands Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, Gloria (Bloomsbury 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Kerry’s third Bloomsbury novel ‘Show Me A Mountain’ was published in 2016.

For TLC Kerry reads literary and commercial fiction