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Apprenticeships in Fiction
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

APPRENTICESHIPS 2008

The 2008 apprentices have already notched up a number of successes between them with one publication, two apprentices with firm agency interest and a fourth with a prospective publishing contract. In addition, two of this year’s writers succeeded in securing funding for their placements.

SHEILA BUGLER

Sheila Bugler grew up in the west of Ireland but now lives in London with her husband and two young children. In Ready to Fall, thirty-two-year-old Clodagh Reilly has been framed for a murder she didn’t commit. As she struggles to clear her name, she stumbles into a nightmare world of forced surrogacy, baby trafficking, abduction and murder.

LINDSAY MCKRELL

Lindsay McKrell is a Community Librarian at Stirling's Central Library. Her fantasy novel for children, Crow was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Kelpies Prize for Scottish Fiction. When twelve-year-old Lewis and his seriously absent-minded mother move house, he has a whole new world to contend with. He is being bullied at school, the house seems to be haunted and the next-door neighbours - a motley bunch of magically gifted children - have an urgent job for him to do.

JO REED

Jo Reed lives and works in Somerset. She has a doctorate in physiology and psychology. Her novel, The Tyranny of the Blood deals with the dark side of eugenics. Set two thousand years ago in the remote Scottish Highlands it follows the story of Rendail who has been groomed from birth to perfect his father’s work. ‘The Family’ may possess super powers but they are also fatally flawed: Rendail seems doomed to perpetuate his father’s mistakes - until a chance encounter with an enigmatic stranger opens his eyes.

WENDY STORER

Wendy Storer lives in Cumbria where she runs a therapeutic practice. Her writing has been strongly influenced by a background in education, particularly in her work with emotionally disturbed children. In Ladder to the Moon, fifteen-year-old Jed is struggling to cope with caring for his invalid father and little brother when an incident at school threatens to blow his life apart.

 

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Congratulations to Jo Reed on the recent publication of her novel The Tyranny of the Blood by Wild Wolf Press