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Comedy Women In Print Prize

The inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP) for Published and Unpublished writers was announced this evening (Wednesday 10 July), at a star-studded ceremony at The Conduit Club in London.  In the Published author category, journalist and debut author Laura Steven won with The Exact Opposite of Okay (Egmont), her “daring, edgy and topical” Young Adult novel about slut-shaming and the issues faced by girls today. Stage and screenwriter Kirsty Eyre won the Unpublished category for queer rom-com Cow Girl, “an original and modern take on a romantic storyline” set in the unlikely world of dairy farming. Multi-million copy bestselling author Jilly Cooper CBE was awarded the first CWIP Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her legacy and inspiration to comic women writers everywhere. The award was presented by Theo Paphitis, CEO of Rymans and CWIP sponsor.

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Laura Steven was presented with a prize of £2000 pledged by sponsor, The King of Soho Gin with four runners up each receiving £250.

Marian Keyes, Chair of the Published prize judges, commented: There were two top contenders for this prize. In the end the final choice was made based on the potential of extremely young and witty writer Laura Steven to go forward and continue to make her mark while pushing boundaries for funny women’s fiction.”

The Unpublished category winner Kirsty Eyre was awarded a publishing contract and £5000 advance from HarperFiction. The Unpublished runner-up Abigail Mann (The Lonely Fajita) received a free place on the Creative Writing MA course at the University of Hertfordshire, which was presented by Professor Anne Murphy, Dean of the School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire.

Jenny Éclair, Chair of the Unpublished prize judges, commented: “There was huge affection from all the judges for Kirsty Eyre’s witty novel set in the world of dairy farming. The narrative voice was as strong as it was instant. This is an inspired and stylish read which was both smart and edgy. We cared about the clever protagonist, the supporting characters and the cows in equal measure.”

The CWIP Prize was launched by actress, author and stand-up Helen Lederer in response to the lack of exposure for female comedy writing, and to celebrate fresh and established talent.

Helen Lederer, founder of the Comedy Women in Print Prize, commented:  

“I’ve lived and breathed CWIP for so many years that the enormity of crowning the winner sat quite heavily. But every judge was committed to finding a winner that reflected what we are here for – to celebrate witty women’s fiction – both unpublished and published. When it came to the wire (and the competition was as varied as it was strong) it was felt the author who was most poised to break through and continue to deliver quality humour should get it. Originality, wit and relatability were also nailed. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven has a unique voice that is as assured as it is witty – and while it is set in a young person’s world – the judges easily connected to the narrative and humour. In the unpublished category the judges were unanimously impressed with Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre. The intelligence of the characters was both refreshing and compelling while the wit of the narrative connected the reader throughout. Visibility in women’s wit on the page has changed even since I had the idea for CWIP five years ago.”

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Society of Authors Awards 2019

Writers and poets from across generations were celebrating tonight (Monday 17th June) as the winners of the 2019 Society of Authors’ Awards were announced at a ceremony at Southwark Cathedral. Hosted by poet Jackie Kay MBE, with an introduction by the President of the SoA, Philip Pullman, 9 awards were presented to 32 writers with a host of debut names joining established award-winning writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry each sharing a prize fund of £100,000.

This ‘night of riches’, uniquely judged by writers for writers saw 500 guests from across the publishing industry come together as the winners of Betty Trask, McKitterick, Somerset Maugham, ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust awards and the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize (awarded for a first novel by a writer over 60) were announced in addition to the Cholmondeley Awards for outstanding contribution to poetry, the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, five Travelling Scholarships and the Eric Gregory Awards for a collection of poems by poets under 30. The winners join an illustrious line of previous award winners including Zadie Smith, Seamus Heaney, Helen Dunmore, Hari Kunzru, Carol Ann Duffy and Mark Haddon.

Speaking about the Society of Authors’ Awards, Jackie Kay said: I’m enormously proud and gratified to have been granted this most lovely opportunity of presenting writers with the Society of Authors’ Awards. These awards, I know from personal experience, are potentially life-changing. They bring writers in from the cold. They give writers a huge boost and validation. They tell them that their trials and tribulations have been worth it after all, after the long haul. Writing is a confidence game, and often writers’ confidence is shot to pieces. An award like this can put self-doubt in the cupboard for a while.”

In an evening that celebrated diverse voices and the inclusivity and empathy that comes from gifted storytelling, winners included double Eric Gregory Award winner, poet Sophie Collins (a winner in 2014 and 2019) for Who is Mary Sue? (Faber & Faber), 2019 Women’s Prize longlisted Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, winner of the 2019 McKitterick Prize for Swan Song (Hutchinson), 70-year old debut author, Anne Youngson who won the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize for Meet Me at the Museum (Doubleday); Manchester-born James Clarke who won the £10,000 Betty Trask Prize for The Litten Path (Salt), a story about the 1980s miners’ strike; Romany writer, Damian Le Bas who won both a Somerset Maugham Award for The Stopping Places (Chatto & Windus) and a Travelling Scholarship; 2019 Rathbones Folio prize-winning poet Raymond Antrobus who also received a Somerset Maugham Award for The Perseverence (Penned in the Margins); Syrian born Dima Alzayat winner of the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award for Once We Were Syrians and Julian Jackson, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle (Allen Lane).

The judges for each award, including Kate Mosse, Gary Younge, Mark Lawson, Anita Sethi, Vaseem Khan, Susan Hill, Stuart Evers, Irenosen Okojie and Jen Campbell were united in their praise for the “mesmeric, restless, genre-bending, emotionally devastating writing from 32 writers who have taken us from the miners’ strike and travelling communities, to Truman Capote’s mind, each exploring the gamut of human experience from friendship, family and belonging, to what it means to be other.”

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Comedy Women In Print Prize

The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 (CWIP) today announced both the Published and Unpublished award shortlists for the award’s first year. The five authors in the Published category are: Sunday Times bestsellers GAIL HONEYMAN (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine) and GILL SIMS (Why Mummy Swears); joined by hilarious up-and-coming author ASIA MACKAY (Killing It), Young Adult debut writer LAURA STEVEN (The Exact Opposite of Okay); and Singaporean novelist BALLI KAUR JASWAL (Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows). The published novels were praised by judges for, ‘celebrating the range of comedic styles, excellence, quality and above all individuality in witty women authors.’

Shortlisted in the Unpublished category are: screen writer KIRSTY EYRE (Cow Girl), editorial assistant ABIGAIL MANN (The Lonely Fajita), International Development Agency worker HELEN DOYLE (The Ladies’ Guide to Finding Love), country musician LOTTE MULLAN (Love Is Strange), and full-time mum JO LOVETT-TURNER (New Year at The Duck and Grapes). Judges were united in their praise of a shortlist that ‘showcases original, witty, and innovative comedy novel content.’

Themes of unconventional romance, the use of humour to illuminate serious issues and the power of female friendship dominate the shortlists across both categories; while settings range from the covert world of a secret service assassin with a newborn baby, to a queer rom-com set on a dairy farm.

The CWIP Prize was launched by actress, author and stand-up Helen Lederer in response to the lack of exposure for female comedy writing, and as a way of celebrating fresh and established talent.

Helen Lederer, founder of the Comedy Women in Print Prize, says:  

‘The Published category shortlist demonstrates the range of debut and established comedy women writers. While the impact and perception of wit on the page will always be gloriously varied – I was happy to observe a commonality of passion and praise from the judges (without judging myself!). They felt that Gail Honeyman’s original flare and humour triumphed as an excellent and already celebrated narrative in Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, while the observational hit rate of humour in Why Mummy Swears by Gill Simms simply had to be included. Laura Stevens sparky novel The Exact Opposite of Okay – was an empowering and feminist pleasure. Killing It by Asia Mackay is a delightfully transgressive and original novel that tackled themes of guilt and not being good enough with irony; Balli Kaur Jaswal’s Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is a wittily told and cleverly bold cross-cultural narrative. We got there. CWIP’s first year has at the very least, shone a light on funny female fiction.’

Journalist and author Fanny Blake, a judge for the Unpublished CWIP Prize, says:

‘It was a pleasure to be one of the judges selecting this brilliantly funny shortlist of unpublished writers. In no particular order, Kirsty Eyre’s Cow Girl is an original romcom with strong wittily observed characters. The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann is an entertaining cross-generational comedy. In The Ladies Guide to Finding Love, Helen Doyle shows off a gift for sharp funny observations of human behaviour. Who could resist the Dolly Parton impersonator who stars in Lotte Mullan’s quick-witted Love is Strange? And Jo Lovett-Turner celebrates female friendships with all their joys, anxieties and failures in New Year at the Duck and Grapes. These are five new female writers to be celebrating.’

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Society of Authors’ Awards 2019 shortlists announced

International bestselling author Heather Morris, independent bookseller Samuel Fisher and 81 year-old debut novelist Noram Macmaster shortlisted for £100,000 Society of Authors’ Awards night of riches

The shortlists for the Betty Trask, McKitterick, Somerset Maugham, ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust awards and the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize, an award for a first novel by a writer over 60, were announced by The Society of Authors today (Wednesday 15th May) with bestselling author Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Women’s Prize shortlisted Imogen Hermes Gowar (The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock), Costa Short Story Award shortlisted Sheila Llewellyn (Walking Wounded), 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize winner Claire Fuller (Tiny and Pointed) and independent bookseller Samuel Fisher (The Chameleon) amongst a list of 31 shortlisted writers and poets.

In a celebration of inclusivity and the power of storytelling the shortlisted names include established bestsellers, debut authors, poets and short story writers with the oldest nominee, Irish debut novelist Norma MacMaster, aged 81. The judges for each award, including Kate Mosse, Gary Younge, Mark Lawson, Anita Sethi, Vaseem Khan, Susan Hill, Stuart Evers, Irenosen Okojie and Jen Campbell were united in their praise for ‘inventive, courageous, challenging and evocative writing that explores both the everyday and the extraordinary ’ with stories exploring the personal and political via themes of displacement, love, friendship, community and loss.

The five prizes will be awarded at the Society of Authors’ Awards on Monday 17th June, a unique night of riches which will see the UK’s biggest literary fund of more than £100,000 awarded by authors for authors. The event has rewarded the early works of some of today’s most prominent literary figures such as Zadie Smith, Seamus Heaney, Helen Dunmore, Hari Kunzru, Carol Ann Duffy and Mark Haddon and honoured the careers of established figures including Dylan Thomas, Fay Weldon, William Golding and Margaret Drabble.

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Longlist announced for Comedy Women in Print Prize

The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 (CWIP) today announced the longlist of twelve witty women writers for the award’s inaugural year. Sunday Times bestsellers Gail Honeyman, Lindsey Kelk, Jane Fallon, Gill Sims and AJ Pearce are in the running alongside hilarious up-and-coming authors Lucy Vine and Asia Mackay, and a Young Adult debut from Laura Steven. Also longlisted are: Balli Kaur Jaswal, Catherine Robinson, Olga Wojta and Zara Stoneley.

The CWIP Prize was launched by actress, author and stand-up Helen Lederer in response to the lack of exposure for female comedy writing, and as a way of celebrating fresh and established talent.

Helen Lederer, founder of CWIP, says: It’s overwhelming to see how much interest and support there is for CWIP – ably demonstrated by the high quality of wit in our first longlist – easy proof this award was needed and that witty women authors are alive, well and writing. Laughing can be as baffling as it is thrilling, but we salute anyone who can make us do that with words on the page.”

The inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 longlist for published writers is:

  • Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce (Picador)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Collins)
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (Harper Collins)
  • Faking Friends by Jane Fallon (Penguin Random House)
  • Forging on by Catherine Robinson (Orion)
  • Hot Mess by Lucy Vine (Orion)
  • Killing It by Asia Mackay (Bonnier Zaffre)
  • Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojta (Contraband/Saraband)
  • One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk (Harper Collins)
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (Electric Monkey)
  • The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (HarperImpulse)
  • Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims (Harper Collins)

The Comedy Women in Print Prize shortlist will be announced on 30th May 2019. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Conduit Club on Wednesday 10th July.

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Judges Announced for CWIP Prize

The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 (CWIP) today announces the full line-up of celebrated ‘witty’ women judges for the award’s inaugural year. Officially launched at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018, the CWIP Prize was created by actress, author and stand-up Helen Lederer in response to the lack of support and exposure for female comedy writing and as a way of discovering and nurturing new talent.

Leading comedy writers Katy Brand, Susan Calman, Jenny Éclair , Kathy Lette and Shazia Mirza join the bestselling founder judges Marian Keyes and Allison Pearson for this major new literary award.

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Another amazing year at ED PR. We’ve worked with incredible authors on stunning books and can’t wait for what 2019 will bring.

We’d like to thank all of our fantastic clients, authors and publishers and the wonderful journalists and bloggers who have supported us. Wishing you all health, success and happiness in 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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HarperFiction to team up with the Comedy Women in Print Prize for unpublished writers

A major new award for witty women, the Comedy Women in Print (CWIP) Prize, today announced that they are joining forces with HarperFiction.  The publisher will offer the winning aspiring, comic female novelist a publishing contract and £5,000 advance. The runner-up will receive a free place on the MA course in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire.

The CWIP Prize, officially launched at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018, was created by actress and stand-up comedienne Helen Lederer in response to the lack of support and exposure for female comedy writing and as a way of discovering and nurturing new talent. Judges announced for the award to date include international bestselling writers, Marian Keyes and Allison Pearson and Dr Jennifer Young, English and Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Martha Ashby, Editorial Director, HarperFiction will join the judging panel for the unpublished award.

Speaking about their support for the Award, Martha Ashby, Editorial Director, HarperFiction says:

‘I’m absolutely delighted to support CWIP’s prize for unpublished writers in 2019. There are so many hilarious female writers in the UK and this prize is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on an area of fiction that is often overlooked.

Helen Lederer, founder of CWIP says: ‘I thought it was Christmas when Marian and Allison came on board (people tend to swoon at the mention of their names and rightly so) but when HarperFiction came through with this unique and serious offer to publish new work…Well, I had to sit down. It proves that witty female fiction is being taken seriously from the top down. I love HarperFiction for doing this. They will not be sorry…and they will definitely laugh more.   

Entrants to the unpublished category are asked to submit a one-page synopsis and the first 5,000 words of their comedy novel, which, when completed must be at least 85,000 words in length. Entrants can be of any nationality but must be over 18-years-old. For more details about CWIP and full terms and conditions visit www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk

Alongside the award for an unpublished writer, the CWIP Prize will also offer an award for Comedy Writing by a published author with a prize fund of £2,000. Entrants can be of any nationality but must be over the age of 18 and have written a novel of at least 50,000. The closing date for both awards is 28th February 2019. 

KEY DIARY DATES:

  • 28th February 2019Closing Date for submissions
  • 30th May 2019CWIP shortlist announcement.
  • 10th July 2019: CWIP winners’ event and announcement

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BBC NSSA 2019 judges announced

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) today calls for submissions for the 14th year with broadcaster Nikki Bedi chairing the judging panel for 2019. Nikki is a television and radio broadcaster who writers and presents The Arts Hour on BBC World Service and BBC Radio London.

Nikki’s counterpart on the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) is BBC Radio 1 and CBBC Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton, who will chair the judging panel for the teenage award for the second time as it opens for submissions for the fifth year. Katie is the co-presenter of Radio 1’s Life Hacks and author of Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice.

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BookTrust

In lieu of Christmas cards, this year EDPR have donated to BookTrust’s Christmas Appeal 2018.

For many children, this may be the first time they have had a letter or parcel through the post. For some, these may be the first books they’ve owned.

It’s a brilliant cause and the gift of books can really make a difference to vulnerable children.

Please donate here if you can.

 

 

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Ingrid Persaud wins thirteenth BBC NSSA

Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud has won the thirteenth BBC National Short Story Award for ‘The Sweet Sop’, her first short story about a young Trinidadian man reunited with his absent father via the power of chocolate. Described by judge and previous winner of the award, K J Orr as “tender and ebullient, heartbreaking and full of humour”, the story’s unique voice and emotional power were further praised by judge and former shortlistee, Benjamin Markovits saying “Sentimentality is hard to write well… ‘The Sweet Sop’ gets the balance just right, the anger and humour and love.”

Ingrid Persaud was presented with the prize of £15,000 this evening (Tuesday 2 October) by the 2018 Chair of Judges, Stig Abell, at a ceremony held at Cambridge University. The news was announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, during a special programme celebrating the short story. ‘The Sweet Sop’ is available to listen to at www.bbc.co.uk/nssa, read by Leemore Marrett Junior.

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BBC YWA shortlist announced

‘Sophisticated’, ‘mature’ and ‘awe-inspiring’: just some of the words used to describe the diverse and powerful stories that make up the shortlist for the 2018 BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University announced on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks show on Sunday 23 September.

The five stories, inspired by a desire for socio-political change or personal experience of mental illness, were written by young writers aged 15 to 18 years old, with each showing a maturity of language and ideas far beyond their years. Whether it be the brutal life of a unwilling young poacher; the desperation and prejudice faced by a mother fighting to give her daughter a better life; the experience of loss seen through a child’s eyes; the guilt of unspoken words as a family struggle to cope with mental illness or the pain of a young girl watching her sister in the grip of anorexia – the finalists have given powerful insight into the issues facing and motivating young people today and the importance of writing as expression.

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All female shortlist for thirteenth BBC National Short Story award

Composer Kerry Andrew and newcomers Kiare Ladner, Ingrid Persaud and Nell Stevens complete a shortlist of writers exploring the personal, universal and the political.

Sarah Hall, prize-winning novelist and short story writer, has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University for the third time for ‘Sudden Traveller’. She won the award in 2013 for ‘Mrs Fox’ and was shortlisted for the first time in 2010 for ‘Butcher’s Perfume’. Both stories appeared in her debut collection, The Beautiful Indifference.

Hall is joined on the shortlist by composer and debut novelist Kerry Andrew for ‘To Belong To’, Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner and debut novelist Ingrid Persaud for ‘The Sweet Sop’, rising talent Kiare Ladner for ‘Van Rensburg’s Card’ and creative writing lecturer and novelist Nell Stevens for ‘The Minutes’. The shortlist of five stories was announced this evening, Friday 14 September 2018, during BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

Selected from nearly 800 entries (an increase of 28% on 2017), this year’s shortlist is the fifth all-female shortlist in the BBC National Short Story Award’s history. The shortlist is:

• ‘To Belong To’ by Kerry Andrew
• ‘Sudden Traveller’ by Sarah Hall
• ‘Van Rensburg’s Card’ by Kiare Ladner
• ‘The Sweet Sop’ by Ingrid Persaud
• ‘The Minutes’ by Nell Stevens

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Authors’ Awards winners announced

Writers and poets from across the globe celebrated last night (Thursday 19th July) as the 2018 Authors’ Awards were announced by the Society of Authors at a ceremony at RIBA. Hosted by Stephen Fry with an introduction by the President of the SoA, Philip Pullman, eight awards were presented to 31 writers with a host of debut names joining recognised writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to share a prize fund of £98,000.

This ‘night of riches’, uniquely judged by writers for writers saw over 400 guests from across the publishing industry come together as the winners of the Betty Trask, McKitterick, Tom-Gallon Trust and Somerset Maugham awards were announced in addition to the Cholmondeley Awards for outstanding contribution to poetry, the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, five Travelling Scholarships and the Eric Gregory Award for a collection of poems by poets under 30. The winners join an illustrious line of previous winners including Zadie Smith, Seamus Heaney, Helen Dunmore, Hari Kunzru, Carol Ann Duffy and Mark Haddon.

Speaking about the Authors’ Awards Joanne Harris, judge for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards, and SoA Council and Management Committee Member, said:

“The Authors’ Awards are among the most exciting and important literary awards around, and I’m honoured to be a part of them. Awarded to authors by authors, they’re not designed to showcase celebrities or promote high-profile sponsors; just to honour writers and to bring their talent to the public’s attention. This year we have an especially interesting and impressive group of shortlistees and winners, and as a judge of the Betty Trask Prize, I’ve always been impressed by the scope and diversity of the entrants.”

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Authors’ Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the Betty Trask, McKitterick, Tom-Gallon and Somerset Maugham awards were announced by the The Society of Authors today (Wednesday 13th June) with Man Booker nominated Fiona Mozley, 2014 Tom-Gallon award winner Benjamin Myers, Eric Gregory award winning poet Miriam Nash, Irish writers Valerie O’Riordan and Chris Connolly and debut novelists Eli Goldstone, Omar Robert Hamilton, Masande Ntshanga and Sarah Day among the 22 shortlisted names.

The four prizes will be awarded at The Authors’ Awards on Thursday 19th July, a unique night of riches with all the awards judged by authors for authors. The event has rewarded the early works of some of today’s most prominent literary figures such as Zadie Smith, Seamus Heaney, Helen Dunmore, Hari Kunzru, Carol Ann Duffy and Mark Haddon and the evening will see the UK’s biggest literary fund of more than £98,000 awarded to established and emerging writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The judges for each award, including Joanne Harris, Samantha Shannon, Frances Fyfield, Abir Mukherjee, Irenosen Okojie, Jen Campbell and Paul Bailey, were united in their praise for ‘compelling, sophisticated, original and emotionally charged’ writing with stories taking the reader from the landscapes of rural and urban Britain and on to the streets of Cairo, Cape Town, Australia and beyond, via themes of grief, love, justice, family and revolution.

THE SHORTLISTS FOR EACH AWARD ARE:

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Reading Well for mental health

The ‘life-saving’ 2018 ‘Reading Well for mental health’ titles from The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians will be celebrated today at a flagship event at the Wellcome Trust (5 June). Each title offers invaluable support to people with mental health needs and their carers, who are at increased risk of loneliness according to recent research.

2018’s powerful list, which will help people to understand and manage their mental health includes titles by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive); Cathy Rentzenbrink (A Manual for Heartache); Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot); Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled) and many more.

Matt Haig, Reading Well author, says: “Reading Well is an absolutely brilliant scheme that recognises the true proven therapeutic power of words. It will help people facing mental struggles to feel understood, and to get help. This scheme will improve, and maybe even save, many lives.”

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The British Book Awards 2018

We are delighted that Emma Draude and Rosi Crawley (Walker Books) were awarded Publicity Campaign of the Year at the British Book Awards 2018 last night for their campaign for The Hate U Give

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“This is a great success story in a market where it’s not easy to make an impact,” judges said. “It was a phenomenal campaign which achieved a huge amount of coverage and provided an outstanding base for the marketing and sales teams. They nailed everything they set out to do, and the community engagement made it extra special.”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was a joint winner of Children’s Book of the Year, alongside The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. It was described by the judges as “a game changer for both YA fiction and BAME publishing”.

We are also incredibly proud of Philip Pullman for winning Author of the Year, particularly as we had the pleasure of working with him and David Fickling Books on Daemon Voices last year.

 

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Society of Authors ‘Authors’ Awards’ announces Stephen Fry as host

Award-winning actor, presenter and director, Stephen Fry will present the 2018 Authors’ Awards alongside a panel of celebrated judges to include Joanne Harris, Francis Fyfield, Samantha Shannon, Tahmima Anam, Pascale Petit, Inua Ellams and Jen Campbell, the Society of Authors announced today.

The annual night of riches which has rewarded the early works of some of today’s most prominent literary figures such as Zadie Smith, Seamus Heaney, Helen Dunmore, Hari Kunzru, Carol Ann Duffy and Mark Haddon and honoured the careers of established figures including Dylan Thomas, Fay Weldon, William Golding and Margaret Drabble, sees the UK’s biggest literary fund of more than £98,000 awarded to more than 20 established and emerging writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The Authors’ Awards will take place at RIBA on the evening of Thursday 19th July and will play host to 400 guests from across publishing and SoA membership.

 “I’m delighted to be presenting the Authors’ Awards on 19th July. It’ll be an incredibly rich night, and not only for the £90,000 in prizes ready to be shared with the winners. It isn’t about naming a single winning book – it’s about rewarding a wide range of writers for a wide range of writing, and that in itself makes it unique.”
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In a unique evening of celebration – with all the awards chosen by authors for authors – eight key awards will be announced, each judged by celebrated authors, writers and poets; many former winners themselves. The shortlist for the Awards will be announced on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

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We have been shortlisted for a British Book Award!

Our campaign for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, with Rosi Crawley from Walker Books, has been shortlisted for Publicity Campaign of the Year in the British Book Awards 2018.

The Hate U Give has also been shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year, and Emma is over the moon to be recognised alongside such fantastic titles and other expert publicity campaigns.

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#TheHateUGive wins the PPC’s Best YA Campaign 2017

We are delighted that Emma Draude and Rosi Crawley (Walker Books) were awarded The YALC Award for Best YA Campaign at the PPC Annual Awards last night.

The awards recognise the best campaigns carried out by publicists in 2017.

We are very proud to have worked on such an important book with an incredible debut author, and we cannot wait for the release of Angie Thomas’ next book, On The Come Up, out 7th June 2018.

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