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Headline launches open casting call for the new Dorothy Koomson audiobook to bring more black voices to audiobook narration

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Headline and Dorothy Koomson have launched an open casting call to find a new narrator for the audio edition of Dorothy Koomson’s eagerly awaited novel, All My Lies Are True!

With Dorothy Koomson’s 16th book due to be published in July 2020, the search is on for a new voice to narrate Verity Gillmare, one of the main characters in the sequel to The Ice Cream Girls. Young black actresses, performers and drama students are all being encouraged to apply for this paid role.

We are inviting black female students and alumni to submit an audio sample of themselves reading from the book. The chosen narrator will read alongside Adjoa Andoh and Julie Maisey, who voiced the original novel.

Submissions will be accepted until 8th March 2020 and will be assessed by Dorothy Koomson, the Headline audio team and a member of Hachette’s THRIVE (BAME employee) network. Shortlisted candidates will attend a workshop held at the new Hachette recording studios in Carmelite House, London, where they will have one-to-one training sessions with in-house producers.

Dorothy Koomson said: “I realised that the role of Verity was the ideal time to give someone up-and-coming the chance to showcase their vocal acting talents. This is for those who would not necessarily think of applying for audiobook work or who just wouldn’t have that opportunity to show casting experts their skills.”

All My Lies Are True will publish in hardback, eBook and audio on 9th July 2020.

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Download the extract from All My Lies Are True here.

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Here's some advice from Hannah Cawse, audio editor at Headline - 'Practice: take your time add character to your voices.’

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Record yourself reading the extract provided. This can be done your phone or tablet. Then send your recording to

Good luck!

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From the bestselling author of Tell Me Your Secret and The Brighton Mermaid comes the breath-taking sequel to the iconic Sunday Times bestsellerThe Ice Cream Girls.

Verity is telling lies...

And that's why she's about to be arrested for attempted murder.

Serena has been lying for years...

And that may have driven her daughter, Verity, to do something unthinkable...

Poppy's lies have come back to haunt her...

So will her quest for the truth hurt everyone she loves? Everyone lies.
But whose lies are going to end in tragedy?

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Terms and Conditions – Dorothy Koomson's ALL MY LIES ARE TRUE, audio

1.     What we are looking for:

(a)   We are looking for a black female reader to read a part of the audiobook edition of All My Lies Are True by Dorothy Koomson.

(b)   Actors, performers and drama students are invited to submit a short recording from the script provided on the website by the Company.

2.     Who can submit:

(a)   Submissions will be accepted from actors who fit our casting brief.

(b)   Submissions will be accepted from actors aged 18 years or over from anywhere in the UK who are able to travel to London for the workshop and recording dates specified in paragraphs 5 and 6 below.

(c)    Submissions from employees of the Company or of other publishers within the Company’s group and their immediate families will not be considered.

3.     Opening and Closing dates:

(a)   The submissions period will open at 12am GMT on 16 February 2020 and will close at 11:59pm GMT on 8 March 2020. Submissions received outside these times will not be considered.

4.     How to submit your recording:

(a)   Submissions must be made by email to

(b)   Please clearly state your full name at the beginning of the recording.

(c)    You may only submit one piece of work for consideration.

5.     Selection: 

(a)   All eligible submissions received by the closing date and time will be reviewed by reviewers of the Company with relevant expertise, and a shortlist of applicants will be selected. The Company’s decision is final.

(b)   If your recording is unsuccessful the Company will notify you by email no later than 20 March 2020. We will not be able to enter into correspondence,  give feedback or return unsuccessful submissions.

(c)    If you are shortlisted you will be contacted no later than 20 March 2020 and you will be invited to attend an audio workshop at Carmelite House, London on 3 April 2020 with other shortlisted applicants. The Company will reimburse pre-agreed standard class train fares to attend the workshop.

6.     Recording:

(a)   If the Company wishes to cast you in the audiobook edition of the work the Company will offer to enter into a separate reader agreement with you, subject to agreement of terms between us.

(b)   The terms of the reader agreement will include a fee in line with industry standards.

(c)    You are under no obligation to enter into a contract with the Company on the terms offered. The Company is under no obligation to cast the audiobook from any submissions received.

(d)   If successfully cast in the audiobook, you must be available to attend the recording at Heavy Entertainment, London for a total of no less than 12 hours in the recording studio. Dates to be mutually agreed.

7.     Data Protection:

(a)   The Company is the data controller of Personal Data that it collects in the course of running the submissions process and will use the Personal Data in accordance with the Company’s Privacy Notice ( It will use such Personal Data for the purposes of running the submissions process, reviewing the submissions and contacting the applicants and will delete unsuccessful applicant’s Personal Data after a reasonable period from the end of the submissions process. “Personal Data” means names of applicants and other details provided by them (e.g. email addresses, telephone numbers) as part of their submission.     

8.     Company:

(a)    This initiative is being organised by: Headline Publishing Group Limited (the ‘Company’)

(b)   The Company’s address is: Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DZ.

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