Mentors

Our mentors make up an extremely impressive team. They have been carefully selected for their ability to engage with developing writers on an ongoing level. Together they have written numerous books, taught at prestigious universities, worked for leading literary agencies, and more…

We pride ourselves on finding the right mentor for you to work with. We will fully discuss your preferences and needs at the outset of the course, hopefully together finding the ideal match. Please see below for more information about our mentors.

Jane Adams

Jane Adams is the author of twenty novels, published by Macmillan, Allison & Busby and Severn House (also as Jane A Adams) and a number of short stories both in the UK and USA in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror genre. Ghostly and carefully subverted Sci-Fi elements frequently also find their way into her Crime novels, (Bird, The Angel Gateway, Like Angels Falling, for example). Her first novel, The Greenway, was nominated for both the CWA John Creasey award and the Authors’ Club award for most promising first novel. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages. She has taught creative writing at all levels from beginner to MA and also mentored other writers. She was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leicester University and then at DeMontfort University from 2005-9 and is returning to the RLF this autumn, when she will be at Nottingham Trent. Jane is currently working on another Crime novel in the Naomi Blake series and also a Fantasy aimed at the Young Adult market. Jane runs hauntedstair.blogspot together with young adult author Stuart Hill and she also has her own blog at: janeadamsauthor.wordpress.com.
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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 – based upon the interlocking lives of three American playwrights. With a considerable academic background in English and American Literature and History, plus a BSc in Psychology, Frankie reads and edits scripts for TLC but also regularly reports on historical fiction, biography, autobiography, music and memoir. She has a particular interest in voice-driven fiction, and historical family saga (memoir/fiction), and enjoys mentoring early-career writers.
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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) and two ghostwritten works.
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Stephen Carver

Stephen Carver is a writer and academic. He is the co-director of Green Door Designs, a graphic design company specialising in book layout and cover design, and until recently he taught creative writing for the University of East Anglia. Steve holds a Ph.D in English literature from UEA, where he also taught from 1994 to 2002, before taking up an associate-professorship in English literature at the University of Fukui, Japan. He returned to the UK in 2005, lecturing in critical theory and running an award winning student study skills service at the Norwich School of Art and Design until 2010, when he returned to UEA. He specialises in Victorian literature, Life Writing, Historical and Genre Fiction, Narratology, and the Gothic, and has been the recipient of several national and international research awards, most notably two from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. His biography of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, The Life and Works of the Lancashire Novelist, was published by Mellen in 2003, and he has also published extensively on literature, film, and comics, most recently contributing essays to the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Gothic, and The Works of Tim Burton: Margins to Mainstream(Palgrave MacMillan 2013). He has published short fiction in CascandoNot NotBirdsuit, and Veto, and is the founder of the ‘Bushy Park’ online writers’ group. He is presently running a new programme of online creative writing courses for the Unthank School of Writing, a subsidiary of the independent publishing group Unthank Books.
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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 first novel, Byron Easy, won the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Competition in 2007, judged by The Literary Consultancy. It was bought by William Heinemann (Random House) and was published in February 2013. Along with writing fiction, he has many years’ experience of tutoring English literature and language to A-level and undergraduate students. His essays and short fiction have appeared in various magazines, both online and in print.
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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 also works in the marketing and PR for independent poetry publishers, Nine Arches Press. 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, Western Mail and Writing in Education.
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Rose Gaete

Rose Gaete is a freelance editor. She has extensive editorial experience including several years working as an agent at the Wylie Agency where she was responsible for nurturing, advising and editing first time writers before submitting their work to publishers. Now she works for a variety of publishers, agents and literary scouts, including HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, as a reader and editor, as well as working independently to advise unpublished writers on their work. She has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and specializes in contemporary fiction. She lives in London and has three young children.
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Kerry Hudson

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was published by Penguin Random House and was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award and shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, Thirst, was shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize and was in 2015 longlisted for France’s prestigious Prix Femina. Kerry was selected as a Bookseller 2014 ‘Rising Star’ and a WH Smiths 2015 ‘Fresh Talent’ pick. Her books are also published in the US, France and Italy. Kerry founded The WoMentoring Project and teaches with the National Academy of Writing at Cambridge University, Arvon Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and mentored for IdeasTap Inspires.
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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.
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Amy Liptrot

Amy Liptrot grew up on a sheep farm in the Orkney. She writes non-fiction and journalism. Her first book, The Outrun, was published by Canongate in 2016 and was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, The Guardian’s Book of the Week – called ‘a revelation’ by Will Self – and selected for BBC Radio 2’s Book Club. The Outrun began life as a series of columns for nature writing website Caught by the River. As a journalist, she has contributed The Guardian, The Scotsman, Vice and The Orkney Farmer. She holds an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University has worked as a creative writing tutor in Berlin.  
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Andy Lowe

Andrew Lowe is an author and editor who has written for The Guardian and Sunday Times, and contributed to numerous books and magazines. His own published books (in the psychological thriller genre) include Savages, The Ghost and Three Tense Tales. He lives in London, where he writes, edits, and coaches youth football. Andy is also a self-publishing consultant and social media specialist – he currently has 15.7k followers on Twitter and is an active member of the digital community. He previously served as Partner Member and Watchdog for the Alliance of Independent Authors, a global nonprofit association for self-publishing indie authors. Andy is also a trained copy-editor and proofreader, and has edited work for many self-publishing authors, including award-winning fantasy author Ben Galley. Andy Lowe is TLC’s resident self-publishing mentor and is interested in mentoring writers with an interest in self-publishing who are writing thrillers, SFF, and commercial fiction.
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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.
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Jane McNulty

Jane McNulty has been a freelance television scriptwriter since 2000, with screen credits for episodes of various long running series including EastEnders, Doctors, Crossroads, Heartbeat and Peak Practice. She was also commissioned to write a short film for BBC2. She has taught at several universities (prose and scriptwriting) and currently lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University and on the MA in Scriptwriting at the University of Salford. Jane is also a reader for NAWE and runs courses and workshops throughout the north west of England and Scotland. For four years she was a senior creative writing tutor for the Open College of the Arts. She has over fifteen years’ experience of teaching creative writing to adults and children including by distance learning through The Writers’ Ark, a web-based co-operative of published and broadcast writer/tutors. Her award-winning dramatic monologues, short stories and poems appear in various anthologies.
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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. 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.
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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.
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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, will be 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.
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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. From 1998-9 she was Birmingham city’s Poet Laureate. In recent years her work has diversified to include both fiction and drama, as well as literary translation and feature journalism. She has taught creative writing for the Open College of the Arts and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. From 2000-2005 she organised the literature programme at mac (the Midlands Arts Centre). She is a member of the editorial advisory panel of Tindal Street Press. Sibyl won first prize in the 2008 Mslexia Poetry Competition.
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Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes was born in 1970 in Carshalton, Surrey and was educated at St Anne’s College, Oxford and the University of East Anglia (where he took an MA in Creative Writing). He teaches creative writing at UEA, the Unthank School of Writing and for the OU and is an editor for The Literary Consultancy. His stories have appeared in The Warwick Review, Unthology, Staple, London Magazine, Fleeting 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 and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. His first novel,Touching the Starfish was published in 2010 by Unthank Books. A short story collection, The Syllabus of Errors will appear in 2011. His personal website is: www.ashleystokes.net.
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Thalia Suzuma

Thalia Suzuma is a Dubai-based editor and scout. Until 2015, she was Head of English Publishing at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. There, she published prize-winning authors such as Saud Al Sanousi and Mai Al Nakib. The publication of Saud Alsanousi’s The Bamboo Stalk sparked interest in the international media and provided a different narrative on the human rights abuse of migrant labourers in the Gulf. At BQFP, Thalia worked on a list of fiction and non-fiction, identifying talent across the Middle East and working to promote it internationally. Her aim was to choose books that would be the most resonant, accessible and sometimes controversial to an international audience. The books she published, unlike many of their authors, did not get denied visas at airports. Thalia was previously at HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan in London, and has worked in publishing for ten years. She 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. Thalia heads up TLC Middle East where she and her team accept manuscript assessment submissions from writers based in the MENA region. For mentoring, she is interested in working with writers of literary and commercial fiction, and women’s fiction, with a special interest in Middle East-set narratives.
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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.
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Tessa West

Tessa West initially trained as a teacher, but her interest took a different turn when she began to teach in prisons. This led to her becoming an assistant governor and, later on, an Independent Member of the Parole Board. Her non-fiction book Prisons of Promise was published by Waterside Books. The first creative writing she did was poetry, but she has successfully self-published three novels, The Estuary, The Reed Flute and Companion to Owls. Each of these is set in East Anglia, where she has lived all her adult life. Tessa was one of the first mentors at TLC, work she currently combines with her own writing. Tessa hold an MA in Writing the Visual at Norwich University College of the Arts.
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