Sheila Chapman

Sheila Chapman

“I started writing the novel twelve years ago when I lived in New York. I finished it, tore it up (metaphorically!) and rewrote it several times. In 2016 I submitted the first chapter to the Bridport competition which is sponsored by TLC. [...] In October I heard that I had won. I was thrilled and am excited to have the chance to work with TLC as part of the prize, to get The Unbelonging into publishable shape.”

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“Taksheel looked resigned. It was the conclusion he had reached himself but to have it set forth like this made it seem absolute. He felt grief for the future that he had placed beyond reach. He had wanted to be the lion that everyone said he was – that he had believed himself to be – to send for his family in triumph; to install them in a palatial English home; to give his children every opportunity in the Mother Country and to provide all those remaining in Sanik Farms with a comfortable and secure future; so that his name would be blessed by generations to follow.” Extract from The Unbelonging of Taksheel Chaturveydi – included in the showcase

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