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<p>Independent publisher Myriad Editions has been awarded &pound;60,000 by Arts Council England to develop its fiction publishing. As part of an initial three year programme, the publisher will work with creative writing courses in the south-east and nurture local talent.</p><p>Candida Lacey, managing director, said: &quot;This is a vote of confidence that enables us to buck the current trend and diversify from our core business. And it&#39;s a recognition that independent publishers are increasingly important as the seedbeds of new talent. We have on our doorstep a rich pool of aspiring writers, several creative writing courses and an audience eager for literature and literary events.&quot;</p><p>Myriad is best known for its State of the World Atlases, but has recently started to build a small list of fiction and graphic non-fiction. In April Myriad will be starting its fiction venture with Sue Eckstein&#39;s debut novel, <em>The Cloths of Heaven</em>.<br /></p>