Friday, 1 August 2014

Writing Bursary

I'm delighted to have won first prize and a cash sum of £500 in the Writers' Village International Novel Award for my novel The Belfast Boy. Here is what principal judge Michelle Spring - Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge - said about The Belfast Boy:
The set-up to this novel in the opening chapters is terrific, delicately setting out question after question to which readers will crave an answer, indicating inside knowledge (in this case of drugs gangs) without burying readers in a landslide of factual details, and vividly conveying the impression of complex relationships among equally complex characters. And what follows doesn’t disappoint. Deft writing and sure-footed prose completes the bundle of writerly qualities that makes this book a winner.
 Next step - find another publisher (hopefully one that doesn't go bust this time!).

2 comments:

Janet Cameron said...

Well done Paul and all the best of luck. Janet

Paul Curd said...

Thanks, Janet! Nice to hear from you - how are things in sunny Brighton?