WINNER OF THE 2ND  HALL & WOODHOUSE DLF WRITING PRIZE ANNOUNCED

 

At a ceremony held yesterday evening (18TH July) at the Duchess of Cornwall in Poundbury, Emma Timpany’s novel, Travelling in the Dark, was announced as the winner of the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize for 2019, and awarded the £1000 prize by the guest of honour, the famous local writer, Minette Walters

 

Born in New Zealand, but a long term resident of Cornwall, Emma Timpany drew on her own experience of life in remote New Zealand to construct an extraordinary story about a mother and son travelling to visit a sick friend and finding along the route shaken by earthquakes the need to bring together past and present, and to come to terms with her memories of her family and their reckless and devastating life.

One of four books short-listed for the Prize, Travelling in the Dark, was picked unanimously by the judges.

The runner-up, The Chicken Soup Murder, is Maria Donovan’s first book, an entertaining thriller in which a young teenage boy learns about grief, acceptance and the way the world works

The other two finalists were Table Manners by Susmita Bhattacharya, a book of short stories set in many countries, and exploring themes of identity, loss and belonging, and The Road to Chivitella by Dee de la Vardera, the story of two British officers who brought life back to an Italian village devastated by a German atrocity in 1944.

 

The Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize was set up in 2018 by the Dorchester Literary Festival, with the aim of encouraging writers based in, or well-connected to, in the West Country. This year over 70 writers entered the Prize, with books of remarkable contrast and diversity, and so the judging process was both lengthy and challenging. The success of the Prize suggests that writing is alive and well in the West Country.

Once again, the Prize was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Hall & Woodhouse

 

Lucinda Gray, Company Relationship Manager at Hall & Woodhouse said ‘We are proud to continue our support of local writers in Dorset and the South West through our sponsorship of the Hall & Woodhouse Dorchester Literary Festival local writing prize.

It was a pleasure to learn about the authors who were shortlisted for the prize and it’s fantastic to be part of an event which celebrates the wealth of literary talent that we have within the area.’

Janet Gleeson: 19th Jul 2019 08:51:00

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