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Pulp Idol Launch

Pulp Idol - Firsts 2012 was launched this Monday at Day & Night Café, St James Street, to a wonderful crowd of entrants, judges and Pulp Idol supporters from across Merseyside. The night, hosted by Paul Darby, kicked off with an introduction by Mike Morris, Pulp Idol Project Manager and Editor, and then a reading by Helen Walsh on behlf of 2012 winner Jon Gale's first chapter of Albion. Delia Brady-Jacobs read on behalf of Andrew an inmate at HMP Liverpool, a runner-up in the final. Editors Penny Feeny and Jenny Newman introduced entrants Lorna Hutchison and Adam Baird respectively, who both gave fantastic readings of their chapters. This was a fitting end to the year for Writing on the Wall, publishing 11 new writers as part of our commitment to developing and promoting new writing.

Download a copy of this year's Pulp Idol Firsts for only 77p! 2010 & 2011 editions also available on Kindle.

'This year's Pulp Idol yielded some of the most powerful and original prose I've read in a long time. A truly notable collection of Firsts.'  - Helen Walsh, Brass, Go to Sleep, Once Upon a Time in England

'The standard of the entries I read at this year’s Pulp Idol was exceptional. It’s a superb competition, seeking talent in places where many don’t think to look, and the variety of the writing I was introduced to impressed me enormously.' - Luke Brown, Senior Editor, Tindal Street Press

'New writers pen their first chapters, and judging by this standard, the future of the novel is in good hands.' - Debbie Morgan, Disappearing Home


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