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Liz Diamond (see biog below) has secured a 2-book deal. Her first novel, An Accidental Light, will be published by Picador. Her agents are Aaron Priest in New York, and Abner Stein in London. Congratulations, Liz! 



John Smart has recently retired from teaching and writes various articles for literary magazines. The work submitted for this award, Tarantula’s Web: John Hayward, T.S. Eliot and Their Circle, is the first biography that John Smart has written. 'Tarantula' was the nickname John Hayward gave himself.


Liz Diamond has an MA in Creative Writing from Glamorgan University and has been a prize winner in the Ver, Barnet and Blue Nose poetry competitions. Her Ventures submission was from a memoir of her childhood. Click here to read an extract. With advice from her New Writing Ventures mentor, Kathryn Hughes, Liz has now finished editing the memoir, Learning my Mother’s Tongue and also received an Arts Council grant to assist the work on An Accidental Light.

Bilal Ghafoor is working on Locked in Amber: Travels in Pakistan, an account of the time that he spent there from 1998-2001, returning to London after the World Trade Center attacks. The book explores Pakistani culture, belonging and identity. See Bilal's website: He has been shortlisted for the Willesden Herald short story competition (judged by Zadie Smith) and has work in Willesden Green Writers' Group's anthology, The Monkey's Typewriter, which won the 2005 Raymond Williams Community Publishing Award. Bilal is now being represented by the Sayle Literary Agency.

Bilal Ghafoor, John Smart & Liz Diamond