Follow this link to listen to an interview with EMBA judge Mel Read and Shortlisted author Will Buckingham talking about the East Midlands Book Award, a writing career and tips to getting into writing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015lf8z(listen in around 1h:37m:30s)
The Trustees of the East Midlands Book Award are delighted to announce the shortlist for the best book published by an East Midlands writer in 2012.
The winner will be announced at the start of the Oakham Festival, at Barnsdale Lodge, Oakham on 20 June 2013, and will receive a cheque for £1000. www.oakhamfestival.co.uk
The judges who arrived at the shortlist are Mel Read, member of Leicester Writers Club and former MEP, and Robert Gent, Treasurer of the East Midlands partnership for library and information services.
The chair of the judges, who will join them to decide the winner, is celebrated crime writer John Harvey.
Alison Moore’s novel was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and Jon McGregor won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2012 for his third novel Even the Dogs.
Trustee Jane Streeter, who runs independent bookshop The Bookcase in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, said: ‘This is a really strong and exciting shortlist which gives booksellers and librarians a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and promote regional writing. We are incredibly lucky to have this award on our patch, and I hope we can create some great events around it. It is so important for bookshops and libraries to connect with their local authors, and the East Midlands Book Award provides a fantastic platform for us to do that. I am very much looking forward to sharing these books with our customers and our reading groups, and to spreading the word about the richness of our region’s literary scene.’
The official announcement of the shortlist took place on Saturday at States of Independence – an independent press day at De Montfort University, run by Five Leaves Press. The shortlist will be promoted via bookshops, libraries, book groups and events.
Watch the shortlist announcement and readings from the authors at States of Independence: