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The Literary Consultancy is excited to be working on an innovative showcase for its writing talent, initially in association with Staple Magazine. See TLC Showcase Introduction for more on the inception of the Showcase and please see below for where it is now.

Once a month we will highlight the work of one author whose work we believe deserves a platform, whether simply because our readers felt it worth championing, or whether we have helped the writer on to commercial publication.

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Lerah Mae Barcenilla

“I will never stop believing in fairies

but we don’t call them fairies where I’m from.

We call them gods.”

From ‘Selected Poems’– included in the showcase

“I wasn’t letting the poetry breathe. I was leading the reader rather than letting them do the wandering. My prose-brain’s desire for logic was overpowering the freedom, the mystery, the unexpected magic in poetry. That first mentoring session gave me permission to write with the handbrake off. “Trust that the language will tell you what it wants to do, and where it wants to go.” From the Introduction

Previous Showcase Authors

Sarah Clement – TLC Showcase Author

Sarah Clement

“From the doorway, it looks as if a flock of baby doves has landed on our coffee table. Mum glances up at me from where she’s sitting crossed-legged on the

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Lauren Nathan-Lane – TLC Showcase Author

Lauren Nathan-Lane

“Self-care when you’re long term sick is incredibly important but sadly the idea of self-care seems to have been hijacked by the more toxic side of ‘wellness’. In this chapter

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Jools Abrams – TLC Showcase Author

Jools Abrams

“The winter wind had bitten through her thin coat. She hung it in the wardrobe and fingered the worn astrakhan collar. It was time for a new one. A small

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Nick Graham – TLC Showcase Author

Nicholas Graham

“Above us the kilns glowed deep against the darkness of the valley sides. Mud clung to my boots, every step adding a fresh layer. The last heave up to the

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Neel Patel – TLC Showcase Author

Neel Patel

“The train journey had been long, but they had managed to entertain themselves. The cans of lager they carried were cracked open within minutes of sitting down, and soon, the

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Kate Lockwood Jefford – TLC Showcase Author

Kate Lockwood Jefford

“It didn’t cry or make much of any sort of fuss all day, which was amazing really, considering. After picking the baby up, I’d dawdled at the fag-end of a

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Alinah Azadeh – TLC Showcase Author

Alinah Azadeh

“There is only one person ahead of me in the queue for the phone at school, which is in the corridor near the main hall and front entrance. It is

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Bobbie Jean Huff – TLC Showcase Author

Bobbie Jean Huff

“The woman beside her buttons her shirt, then wheels her cart back to the corner opposite where the other woman is squatting. Are they friends? It doesn’t appear that way,

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Fathima Zahra – TLC Showcase Author

Fathima Zahra

“Ramadan, 2019  We stalk the moon all month round, lick our lips, till the Adhan goes off on our phones, dig our teeth into the soft flesh of dates, wash

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Maia Elsner – TLC Showcase Author

Maia Elsner

“When a coal tit tears into my room. Rush of wings thrashes against white. No clouds. No whisper-thin rain threading through a grey miracle. Instead, this thing we call shelter:

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Merryl Futerman – TLC Showcase Author

Merryl Futerman

“Babe, its freezing. Can you get my parka? Such a straightforward request means I can turn over, keep dozing. This state of bliss lasts about a minute until I remember

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Jessica Zarins – TLC Showcase Author

Jessica Zarins

“She knows immediately after Nothing to Declare that he isn’t there. The air in the Arrivals hall isn’t any different from the plane or from Gatwick this morning. Thousands of

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Niraj Shukla – TLC Showcase Author

Niraj Shukla

“…The next station is Acton Town…Please mind the gap between the train and the platform…There are beggars and buskers operating on the train; please do not encourage their presence by

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David Shannon – TLC Showcase author

David Shannon

“Simple time keep people simple. This, that, be happy, be sad. Take books away, heads have less clutter. Take food away, everyone do as they is ask. Well, not everyone.

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Amanda Epe – TLC Showcase author

Amanda Epe

“Mama Coleman soothed Bessie’s sore feet, massaging them from the four-mile daily walk to school and back. It was a Friday evening and the miles had accumulated. The relaxing massage

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James Brophy – TLC Showcase author

James Brophy

“He was still on top of the hill, the same hill, except there were no buildings any longer. He noticed that the ground was wet in places. The sun had

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Eliza Vitri Handayani – TLC Showcase author

Eliza Vitri Handayani

“From Now On Everything Will Be Different tells the story of my generation. We grew up under the repressive New Order regime and learned to keep our mouth shut and

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