John Harvey has been a professional writer since 1975 and has more than 100 published books to his credit. Principally known as a writer of crime fiction, the first of his Charlie Resnick novels, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century. In 2007 he was the proud recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. He has also written for television and radio and, a published poet himself, between 1977 and 1999 ran Slow Dancer Press. After teacher training at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, John taught English and Drama, initially in Heanor, South East Derbyshire, and later in Andover and Stevenage. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, by the University of Nottingham.
This years Judges are:
Mel Read is a board member of Writing School Leicester, a member of Leicester Writers Club, and a former Member of the European Parliament.
Robert Gent has more than forty years’ experience in local government, first as a librarian and later managing a variety of cultural and heritage services. He has been active in promoting partnerships which deliver better services for local people. For many years he has been Treasurer of the East Midlands partnership body for library and information services and has played a key role in developing national strategy and co-operation around resource-sharing.
Robert believes passionately in the importance of libraries, arts, culture and heritage services to transform local communities and improve people’s lives. He is committed to the development of digital services that improve access and enable more people to enjoy taking part.