Winners of Gladstone’s Library’s Writer-in-Residence Scheme for 2013 were officially announced today (Wednesday 17th October) at the National Liberal Club in London. Richard Beard, Vanessa Gebbie, Peter Jukes and Sarah Perry have been chosen as the winning writers. Each will spend a month at Britain’s only residential library, blogging about their stay, running creative writing workshops and hosting ‘Evening With’ events. They will receive full board and lodging, travel expenses and a stipend of one hundred pound per week. Now in its second year, the scheme attracted such range and quality that a further two places were awarded to poets Angela Topping and Katrina Naomi (for a shorter duration).
Each writer is, in their own way, redefining the liberal tradition with fiction, non-fiction and poetry represented.
Richard Beard is the Director of the National Academy of Writing and has had five novels published, his latest novel ‘Lazarus is Dead’ was published last year. Sarah Perry has had short fiction published in the anthology ‘Bedford Square 2’ and her first novel entitled ‘Confusion’ is due for publication next year. Peter Jukes has had a varied career which has seen him become one of the UK’s most authoritative commentators on the News International phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry as well as screen-writing for television. His work includes writing for the Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Waking the Dead. Vanessa Gebbie is an award-winning short story writer, her novel ‘The Coward’s Tale’ was selected as a UK Financial Times Book of the Year and Guardian readers’ book of the year.
The two winning poets were Angela Topping and Katrina Naomi. Angela Topping is the author of nine solo poetry collections and pamphlets including two which are aimed at children, her most recent is ‘Paper Patterns’. Katrina Naomi's first full collection 'The Girl with the Cactus Handshake' was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer's award.
The successful writers were chosen by Richard Godwin, columnist on the London Evening Standard; Cathy Galvin, Director of The Story Salon and founder of the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award; Naomi Alderman, novelist and the Library’s first Writer-in-Residence in March 2012 and Charlie Gladstone, great great grandson of William E. Gladstone. The scheme is the brainchild of writer and Salonierre Damian Barr who chairs the judges.
Says Cathy Galvin, “We judges had the pleasure of reading wonderful work and knowing all of the writers selected would not only enjoy a unique residency but would contribute something tangible to our understanding of liberal values. It was, quite simply, a joy.”
The first Writer-in-Residence will be Sarah Perry in January 2013.
Richard Beard has published five novels including X 20 A Novel of (not) Smoking, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and in 2010 longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel is Lazarus is Dead (2011).
Richard Beard is Director of The National Academy of Writing.
Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979, the youngest of five daughters. A winner of the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, she holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway University, for which she was awarded an English Doctoral Studentship and studied under the supervision of Sir Andrew Motion.
Her short fiction was published in the anthology Bedford Square 2 in 2006, and she has written on food, law and the arts for a number of publications including the Spectator.
Her first novel Confusion will be published by Serpent’s Tail in 2013/2014, and during her tenure as Writer-in-Residence at the Gladstone Library she will be researching and writing her second novel.
Peter Jukes is a British screenwriter and journalist. Through his TV appearances and regular columns on the Daily Beast website and in Newsweek, he has become one of the UK’s most authoritative commentators on the News International phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry. Prior to that he wrote regularly on the links between culture and politics for the Independent, New Statesman and Prospect magazine, and as a high-profile contributor to US political blogs.
He is also an award winning dramatist for stage, radio and television, whose credits include Matador, In Deep, Bad Faith, Waking the Dead, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Sea of Souls. His account of living in the modern city, A Shout in the Street (Faber & Faber, 1990) was called ‘a dream of a book’ by John Berger. He lives in London.
Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist and award-winning short story writer. Author of two collections: Words from a Glass Bubble and Storm Warning (Salt Modern Fiction), her novel The Coward’s Tale (Bloomsbury UK/US) was selected as a UK Financial Times Book of the Year and Guardian readers’ book of the year.
Recipient of an Arts Council Grant for the Arts and a Hawthornden Fellowship, her short stories have been commissioned by literary journals, the British Council, for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and are widely anthologised. She also writes poetry and is a freelance writing tutor.
Angela Topping is the author of nine solo poetry collections and pamphlets, published by Stride, Bluechrome, Salt and Rack Press. Her most recent is Paper Patterns, from Lapwing. She is a full time freelance poet and she also writes reviews, and criticism for Greenwich Exchange. Two of her books are for children and she has co-authored three books on poetry at GCSE level for OUP. Her poems have been set for A level and have appeared in a range of prestigious magazines including Poetry Review, London Magazine, Agenda, The Interpreters House and others. She is a full time freelance poet with a background in education.
Katrina Naomi's first full collection 'The Girl with the Cactus Handshake' was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer's award. Her pamphlet 'Charlotte Bronte's Corset' was published by the Bronte Society, after Katrina was the Bronte Parsonage Museum's first writer-in-residence. Her pamphlet 'Lunch at the Elephant & Castle' won the 2008 Templar Poetry Competition. Katrina has recently received poetry commissions from Margate's Turner Contemporary Gallery and London's William Morris Gallery. She is working towards a PhD in creative writing at Goldsmiths and teaches creative writing for the Open University. She performs her poetry at festivals in the UK and internationally. She lives in south London and is originally from Margate.