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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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Mark Blackburn

“It’s a very long time since I got the binoculars out and spotted a plane, but I still dream about them. Often. Not quite a recurring nightmare, but a recurring theme – planes crashing.”

From ‘Final Approach’– included in the showcase

“As I eased down on my dual commercial career selling shoes and working in property, I did more and more writing. I had some success with short stories and was working on a novel when I mentioned a particularly spicy story (which occurs in Final Approach) to a friend. They were so gobsmacked by the tale that they came out with that cliched response – “You should write a book about it.” Well, I was already writing… so I did.” From the Introduction

Previous Showcase Authors

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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Sai Murray – TLC Showcase author

Sai Murray

“They pick me up from the police station in the early morning. I am not surprised to see them even though it is over a two hundred mile drive and

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Leonardo Boix – TLC Showcase author

Leonardo Boix

“A leap away from becoming ghost. She stood erect, her bathing floral suit, sugared marigolds, a petal cap. She knew it wouldn’t last.¡Saltá, mamá!—Jump. Extract from ‘Gnarl’ – included in

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Jill MacLean – TLC Showcase author

Jill MacLean

“Priest and wise-woman have left him alone with a man whose brothers are afeard to come near him and whose heriot, should he die, will be a five-toed cockerel. At

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Elliot Sweeney – TLC Showcase author

Elliot Sweeney

“The day it happened was a black day. I’d had a good run of late, but still get them sometimes. I’ve learnt to take action otherwise the malaise will fester, so

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Kamala Jackson – TLC Showcase author

Kamala Jackson

“As arranged, I met with Satyan in a solitary shack found where the margins of the city met open countryside. ‘Welcome to the Hanuman Chai Shop. This is where I

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