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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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Lisa Lintott

“KEN: Oh you do do you? (Frankie looks at him straight in the eyes and nods) But the rules are the rules and they say you need to be eleven to get into that ring and there’s nothing I can do about that. And as time waits for no man Frankie you’ll have to run along now.(Frankie stays put and just stares at Ken with a certain need in his eyes. Ken looks at him a little baffled.)

Do you know what it takes to become a great boxer Frankie? (Frankie shrugs his shoulders) Listening and doing, doing everything you’re told.”

From ‘Going for Gold’– included in the showcase 

“Going for Gold is my first play and it required a special kind of motivation. Inspired by the story of Frankie Lucas, a middleweight boxer from the 1970’s, I wrote the play as a vehicle for my son, an actor of mixed heritage, who was just not getting seen for auditions. I knew Frankie as a kid, when I worked in my Mum’s corner shop next to his boxing gym and he came to my mind when I was asked to write a short story about food for my life writing course.” From the Introduction

Previous Showcase Authors

Jason Young – TLC Showcase author

Jason Young

“Joanna Bromley’ is a follow-up to my feature film script titled ‘The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano’. Joanna was the mixed-race daughter of Olaudah Equiano (aka. Gustavus Vassa) in 19th

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Sharon Duggal – TLC Showcase author

Sharon Duggal

“Jimmy Noone drifted, alone in a cold subway, falling away with the day as it faded to shadow. He dreamt of balloons: sky-blue, bought by his father to mark his

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Paul Crooks – TLC Showcase author

Paul Crooks

“I reach the St Johns Anglican church and as usual, all I can think about is death, especially when I catch sight of the stone wall and railings. I see

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Emma Cameron – TLC Showcase author

Emma Cameron

“Catrìona walked along the path beside the kirk carrying a bunch of spring flowers, passing the ancient yew tree, grooved and twisted, as old as time. Lifting the latch she

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Vince Laws – TLC Showcase author

Vince Laws

“Poet John Faust is suicidal. His benefits have been stopped without warning, the bailiffs are due to evict him, his dog is in the vets dying, his car needs a

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Steve Sabella – TLC Showcase author

Steve Sabella

“Let me take you back to 1996, when I sat alone in the back corner of Abu Shanab restaurant, a bustling hangout in the Old City. I was only twenty.

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Carl El Khoury – TLC Showcase author

Carl El Khoury

“It happened in flashes like a sequence of snapshots in a stop motion film because my mind blinked several times; blink — two hands on my chest shoving me to

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Pallavi Gopinath Aney – TLC Showcase author

Pallavi Gopinath Aney

“Every so often Mrs. Mehta dutifully waited to do her washing after Mrs. Chadha had finished hers and then emptied the frothy, soapy water in a happy whoosh over Mrs.

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Maggie Humm – TLC Showcase author

Maggie Humm

“Plucking a glass of champagne from a passing waiter, Lily was desperate for a cigarette, but none of the ladies were smoking. “Can you see my painting?” “There it is,

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Christopher Owen – TLC Showcase author

Christopher Owen

“None too bright in the head, that’s what they said of him, that’s what he thought they said, him standing there in the supermarket, on one foot and then the

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Pauline Walker – TLC Showcase author

Pauline Walker

“Some things you can see coming, like when sunlight fades, dusk falls, darkness rushes to pervade. It’s inevitable. Like Enoch’s rivers of blood, staining London streets in ’81, ’85, 2011;

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Hafsah Bashir – TLC Showcase author

Hafsah Aneela Bashir

“I will tell God everything The sharp metal pieces Taken out of my stomach Will all come with me” Extract from ‘The War Torn Child’ – included in the showcase

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Dr Luke Tarassenko – TLC Showcase author

Luke Tarassenko

“I hate flying. I heaved my bag up into the luggage compartment and clambered into my seat. I had to tuck my legs in and half-stand up a couple of

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Nell Bryden – TLC Showcase author

Nell Bryden

“The second time I saw Lori I fell in love with her eyebrows. Lovely dark little dancers, arching like caterpillars above her brown doe eyes. They bent into the worry

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Audrey Chin – TLC Showcase author

Audrey Chin

“Girl ran down the stairs, out the front door and into the night. She ran between the pastel fronted houses whose flower plastered walls hid who knew what monsters, towards

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Finn Dervan – TLC Showcase author

Finn Dervan Showcase

“The curve of orange sun nudged the horizon and inched its way above the pea-green fields that quilted King’s County. Silhouetted against it, a young man crouched on a turn

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Melanie Gilbert – TLC Showcase author

Melanie Gilbert

“As soon as we leave the building he lights a cigarette and puffs hungrily. He sags against the wall, spent. I feel pretty much the same, overwhelmed on his behalf,

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Tom O'Rourke – TLC Showcase author

Tom O’Rourke

“This future life is unknown to you. Now at this moment you look up at your unmoving, silent waiting audience. You half-raise your left arm and reach for the cup

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Christine Laurenson – TLC Showcase author

Christine Laurenson

“The bird swooped down over them, landing a short distance away, near the dragon. They seemed to know each other, and stood nose to beak for a few seconds, making

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