The Madeleine Milburn Mentorship Program, launched in 2020 to champion exciting new voices and launch their writing careers, has chosen six authors for 2022.
Now in its third year, the 2022 program is for the first time focusing entirely on aspiring authors from underrepresented backgrounds. Successful applicants have a six-month program of publishing industry sessions with guest authors, publishers, international rights, and book-to-film agents. Each mentee will also receive guaranteed representation from an agent, who will work with them editorially and aim to prepare the nominee’s manuscript for submission to publishers around the world.
Those chosen include Camille Boxhill, whose contemporary thriller with sharp social commentary is a tribute to her Jamaican heritage, as well as Katie Anderson-Morrison, writing a dual-timeline WWII historical fiction novel set in a small retirement village, about two residents overcome the hidden secrets of war to find a second chance at love.
Abimbola Salami works on a funny script of mid-level fiction that mixes fantasy and reality, about a young British Nigerian girl with a wild imagination, while Via Krishna writes a commercial fiction novel described as a “colonial heist adventure”. .
Wendy Lennon, who is working on a non-fiction narrative project, and Kahlia Bakosi, whose murder mystery fuses black British culture with a nostalgic commentary on school life after the death of a hated teacher, are also joining the group.