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Animals won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015! The book will be promoted in WH Smith stores over summer. (It is also part of their Fresh Talent promotion – double whammy from WH Smith, cheers!) I’m phenomenally grateful to the judges as the prize will make a big difference both to Animals and to the next book I’m working on. The prize money means writing time. So thank you, Jerwood, very much!

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year Winners of this years awards, with presenters l-r: Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Bethan Roberts, Carys Davies, Jo Mazelis, Grace McCleen, Lavie Tidhar, Susan Barker, Emma Jane Unsworth, David Whitehouse, India Knight, Chair of Judges, and Antonia Byatt, Literature Director at Arts Council England

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year
Winners of this years awards, with presenters l-r:
Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Bethan Roberts, Carys Davies, Jo Mazelis, Grace McCleen, Lavie Tidhar, Susan Barker, Emma Jane Unsworth, David Whitehouse, India Knight, Chair of Judges, and Antonia Byatt, Literature Director at Arts Council England

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year Winner Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals with the 2015 judges

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year
Winner Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals with the 2015 judges

The prize also includes a hand-bound edition of the novel, which is just about the loveliest thing I’ve ever seen.

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year. Image shows the hand bound books presented to the winning authors

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 took place in central London on 18 June at the Jerwood space. The award celebrates the best fiction writers of the year.
Image shows the hand bound books presented to the winning authors

Photos by Alicia Canter.

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The US galley proofs are OUT! Here’s one on a very happy pile over at Europa Editions, NYC. The book will be published in the States in October. For more information please email publicity@europaeditions.com

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I finished the first draft of the Animals screenplay… The mighty Guy Garvey is writing the soundtrack… More soon…

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The Animals paperback is out June 4th in the UK – here’s the cover! Thanks, Canongate. I think we’ve all been there…

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In case you missed it, I wrote this piece about my obsession with motorhomes for last Saturday’s Guardian Weekend magazine…

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Curious Tales’ second collection of modern ghost stories, Poor Souls’ Light, is back from the printers. Here’s the cover: PSL cover

Inside, you’ll find seven stories by me, Jenn Ashworth, Tom Fletcher, Richard Hirst, Alison Moore, M. John Harrison and Johnny Mains. Fagsmoke, pylons, barges and evacuees all play a part. The book is fully – and stunningly – illustrated by Beth Ward. It’s a beautifully printed and bound, limited-edition run of 500 (no ebook) and every copy will be signed and posted out with care and love. We’re dead proud of it. You can buy it here – and many thanks if you do. If you’d like to hear the stories live, we’re doing a mini tour across the North this December and January. Come along and have a mulled wine and good scare. We’ll also be chatting at the events about the process of self-publishing and working together as a collective. You can find more details about the events here. The launch is at the John Rylands Library in Manchester on Thursday 18th. Hope to see you.

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From 10-15th November I’m writer-in-residence at the super new refurbed Manchester Central Library as part of Chaos to Order, a series of events curated by the band Everything Everything. Here’s the trailer:

Every day that week I’ll be reading Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems in the cafe at lunchtime between 12.30-1.30. Come along to listen and/or bring your own poems to read. Then on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll be in the archives from 5-6ish to chat to anyone who has any questions about their writing – I’ll try my best to be useful. I’m also organising an event on Wednesday 12th November at 6.30pm – Chaos and Shape – where four authors will talk about their work in the context of the theme ‘Chaos to Order’. I’ll going to read something brand new: an extract from my third novel. The other authors reading will be Chris Killen, Zoe Lambert and Kerry Wilkinson (l-r, below).

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The event will be hosted by Chaos to Order co-writer-in-residence Greg Thorpe (below). Greg is a Manchester-based writer, DJ, promoter and event organiser. He has worked with Cornerhouse, Islington Mill, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Evening News, Creative Tourist and others. He runs two club nights and is a graduate of the University of Manchester and of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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You can find out more about the event here. Tickets are free but please click on the link to book so that we have an idea of numbers. Thanks!

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