Judge & Industry Partners 2016
Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel Judge:
Kerry Young is the author of two novels ‘Pao’ (Bloomsbury, 2011) and ‘Gloria’. (Bloomsbury, 2013). ‘Pao’ was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize and the East Midlands Book Award. ‘Gloria’ was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and nominated for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her third novel ‘Show Me A Mountain’ will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2016. Kerry is a Reader for The Literary Consultancy and a tutor for the Arvon Foundation. She is currently writer-in-residence at The University of Sheffield as a part of the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Programme. She is also Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of English at The University of Nottingham and Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.
“I will be looking for work that is carefully observed and well written in terms of voice, structure and narrative style. I want a novel to grab my attention from the outset and make me want to turn the page. I want a story that intrigues me with interesting themes and authentic characters I want to care about. I want the author to be insightful and have something to say about us as human beings, socially and politically. Most of all, I want them to speak to and from the common heart.”
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