Fiction judge, Professor Andrew Biswell, said: “The books have provoked a variety of emotions – as all great writing should – of which pleasure has been the strongest.”
The awards, given every two years to the best books set wholly or mainly in the north of England, are aimed at celebrating its strong literary identity and raising awareness of the diversity of its cultural, literary and historical heritage. Richard Benson won the Non-Fiction Prize for his wonderful book The Valley.
Earlier this year, we mentioned Ben’s collaboration with Scarlet Page on the book, Resonators: a lavish collection of photographs of many of the world’s most significant guitarists. Resonators is published this week and can be bought here.
Ben has also been published in Issue 7 of The Letters Page, a print and online anthology edited by Jon McGregor and the students of University of Nottingham, which celebrates the art of letter writing. His contribution concerns his friend Alan The Postman and features a pen and ink drawing of Alan looking forlorn in a children’s ball pool. The new issue is out this week.
This winter, Ben will be a writer in residence on Hadrian’s Wall. He hopes to time travel, summon the ghosts of Roman centurions and record the vibrations of the stones. Keep your eye out for more details on the work being created next year.