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Rosy Thornton's Sandlands longlisted for the New Angle Prize 2017

The judges’ longlist is announced for the 2017 New Angle Prize, for literature associated with or influenced by the region of East Anglia. The simple and open format of the competition results in a juxtaposition of many genres.

The twelve works listed include poetry (Julia Blackburn’s Murmurations of Love Grief and Starlings, Terry Phillips Quennets), short stories (Daisy Johnson’s Fen, Rosy Thornton’s Sandlands), biography (Julia Blackburn’s Threads, The Delicate Life of John Craske), first novels (Francesca Armour - Chelu’s Fenn Halflin and The Fearzero, Fiona Melrose’s Midwinter) novels from established writers (Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer, Julie Myerson’s The Stopped Heart, Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent and Elizabeth Wilhide’s If I Could Tell You) and an illustrated history (Michael Rimmer’s The Angel Roofs of East Anglia).

The £2,500 competition, organised by the Ipswich Institute and sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland accountants, is an important feature of the region’s literary calendar. Authors of the short-listed books (to be announced on 13th March) will be asked to attend a book-reading event at the Ipswich Institute on Wednesday 28th June.

Prize-winners will be announced at a special awards dinner on Wednesday 6th September. Details can be found on the New Angle prize website: and progress can be followed on Twitter @PrizeNewAngle.

Rosy Thornton's Sandlands has been praised by the judges as 'short stories that capture perfectly that the past and present are separated only by a thin screen.'

New Angle Prize Judges for 2017:

Midge Gillie

Cambridgeshire-based biographer and director of creative-writing at Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Steve Russell

Booklover, journalist and leader-writer for the East Anglian Daily Times

Kate Worsley
Harwich-based author of prize-winning first novel She Rises (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Contact Hugh Pierce for more information on 01473 253992 or email

Rosy Thornton

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