2014-JFUP-homepageThe Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014

We’re delighted to announced the eight winners of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014. This year’s winners have been selected by a judging panel chaired by Matt Haig. Find out more about this year’s winners. Our current Guest Editor of the month is Anita Sethi.

This year we are working with eight reading groups from across the UK, who will be reading and reviewing each of the winning titles this June, read more about our Reading Groups here.

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23rd July 2014

Winning books on offer at WHSmith Travel

Now it’s even easier to read all of this year’s prize winners. Until 17 September, all eight Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize winning books are buy one, get one half price in WHSmith Travel. Find the winning books in the Recommends section of WHSmith Travel stores, including airports and major rail stations.

23rd July 2014

Catch up on the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize at Resonance FM

On Sunday 13 July the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize took over the Resonance FM airwaves. If you missed this special event, you can now listen again on Soundcloud.

17th July 2014

Anita Sethi on fiction and music

Pianos, violins, lutes, mandolins, string quartets, tin drums. Jazz, blues, reggae, rave, symphonies. Waltzes, ballet. Open the pages of fiction, and all manner of music might flood out – both as a theme as well as in lyrical and rhythmic cadences of the prose itself.

15th July 2014

Wyld, Jones & Wood to speak at Word Factory salon

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered winners Evie Wyld (All the Birds, Singing), Cynan Jones (The Dig) and Naomi Wood (Mrs. Hemingway) will be speaking at the forthcoming summer salon hosted by the Word Factory team at Waterstone’s, Piccadilly on Saturday 26th July 2014. The three winners will be joined by the Word Factory’s Paul McVeigh. The evening…

15th July 2014

Korea Blog #4

On my final evening at Toji we had a party. Several of the others would also be leaving that weekend so we got together in the common room for a few drinks. A couple of writers read poems written during their time at the foundation and, through a collaborative effort, the group managed to summarise or explain them to me in English.

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