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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Pen Factor Special – winner Johnny Gaunt

“Before winning TLC Pen Factor, I often considered my own ideas and creative expressions to be somehow unworthy, undeserving of an audience. I’m not alone in this, I know, but it does seem to be more prevalent in those with a working-class upbringing. It probably explains the sense of catharsis I feel, using this most symbolic of working-class backdrops — the council estate — as the primary setting for Offcumden.” From the Introduction


“There was the saw-toothed ‘kronk’ of the dawn raven, throaty enough to splinter dreams, send them skittering like silverfish. Chrissy-boy stirred, but his eyes stayed shut. Parched, he was. And the heat inside the shed on these hot mornings, it did something to the air. Wrung it out. Turned his mouth rank, tongue dry as a sunbaked frog. He groaned. The fall away of dreams and the return of this, his real world, often brought about a vague radge within him: a stony weight in the stomach, and briefly he lay between both states colourless, empty, unwritten space before his first clear thought. ‘Sadie’. Always the same thought.” Extract from ‘Offcumden– included in the showcase


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