Well done to our TLC Free Reads winners!
For writers of prose, poetry, and scripts for TV, Film, Radio or Theatre

In October we partnered with The Literary Consultancy  to offer an exciting opportunity to writers in the East of England who felt that their writing needed some tender love and care. TLC Free Reads gives talented writers honest, constructive feedback on their work from industry professionals for free; providing them with a framework for improvement and helping them to progress their writing.

The Literary Consultancy is the UK’s leading manuscript appraisal service. They can advise writers whether their piece of work is suitable for a commercial literary marketplace, and if so, will help them to discover a suitable agent and publisher. TLC can also provide information about self-publishing and the alternatives that online publishing can provide.

TLC Free Reads is open to writers of prose (fiction, children’s, narrative non-fiction and short stories), poetry, and scripts for TV, Film, Radio or Theatre.

Our winners are announced below – congratulations to all and we look forward to hearing more from you in future!

TLC is funded by Arts Council England.

TLC Free Reads 2015 winners

Rick Roydes, Patriot (short story)

I am a young writer from Norwich. My writing vocation was ‘guaranteed’ just  moments into a science fiction radio programme early into my Primary School career. In Middle School teachers would joke that I was not so good at maths but I could tell a story’ Migrating from city to small town, I began reading fiction and studying geography including New Literatures in English such as Sam Selvon.

I have been described as modern with raw talent. I believe that stories are everything from politics to moral fables, to fairy tales. To quote Sheryl Crow I am searching for ‘an intimate moment with the [reader].’

There have always been story tellers and thank God there always will be.

Patriot

Patriot is an intriguing story exploring paranoia in an unnamed, future country approaching two minutes to midnight on the nuclear  doomsday clock. The main character, Kyle, is employed as a computer technician in a military silo housing 100 nuclear missiles. The story explores Kyle rising above the nationalism of the post war state through the world size love that he feels for his daughter.

Highlights of the story include a rebellious  psychiatrist, plus Kyle and his daughter confronting the dangerously political Patriots and his careful explanation that the men were ‘good really’ but often ‘got it wrong’ arresting innocent people.

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<h3>Anthony Nash, <i>A Handful of Destiny </i>(prose fiction)</h3>
<p>Tony Nash is a born and bred Norfolk ‘Swedebasher’ and has shown his love of his home county by using it as the setting for twelve of his novels. He began his career as a navigator in the Royal Air Force, later re-training at Bletchley Park to become an electronic spy, working for GCHQ intercepting Russian and East German agent transmissions, during which time he studied many languages and achieved a BA Honours Degree from London University. Many diverse occupations followed: Head of Modern Languages in a large comprehensive school, ocean-going yacht skipper, deep sea fisher, fly tyer, antique dealer, furniture maker, restorer and French polisher, professional deer stalker and author of 24 murder mysteries and historical novels to date.</p>
<p><b><i>A Handful of Destiny</i></b></p>
<p>On Michaelmas Day 1786, Thomas Nash, a contented Norfolk farmer, is to restore the family’s fortunes by paying the final instalment of a long-term loan. Instead, on that day he is falsely accused and sentenced to transportation to New Holland.</p>
<p>Far worse, killers have been sent to ensure that neither he nor his wife, Martha, can ever return to reclaim his land.</p>
<p>Lashings, deprivation, flying bullets and severe disfigurement attempt to crush his spirit, but never dampen his desire for vengeance.</p>
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