Shortlist Showcase at the Ipswich Institute

A Showcase for East Anglian Literary Excellence. Come along to the Ipswich Institute and meet the authors! 

There are six books shortlisted for the £2,000 New Angle Prize for Literature (set in or influenced by our region) and there will be readings from all of them as the authors gather for the Shortlist Showcase on Wednesday, 24 May at the Ipswich Institute. 

The evening provides an opportunity for book-lovers to indulge in a feast of East Anglian literature, with diverse and varied themes of social breakdown and isolation, folk songs, persecution, time travel and local legends.

The New Angle Prize judges have chosen three novels; The Bewitching by Jill Dawson, Wivenhoe by Samuel Fisher and The Other Side of the Whale Road by K.A. Hayton; a volume of poetry with Nicola Warwick’s Naming the Land; and two non-fiction works, The Captain’s Apprentice; Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Story of a Folk Song by Caroline Davison and Shorelines: Voices of Southwold Fishermen by Robert Jellicoe. (More details below).

Liz Trenow, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

The judges, New York Times bestselling author Liz Trenow, children’s author Sophie Green and Chair of the Suffolk Book League Keith Jones, will also be at the event.

Tickets for the Shortlist Showcase, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24 May, cost £10 (includes drinks and nibbles) and are available from the Ipswich Institute: 15 Tavern Street, IP1 3AA, 01473 253992, library@ipswichinstitute.org.uk and online www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk. There will also be a raffle.

The competition prize-winners will be announced at the New Angle Prize Awards from 7pm on Thursday 21 September at Hintlesham Golf Club, Suffolk. Tickets for a three-course dinner in the company of the authors and judges will be available soon.

The competition is organised by the Ipswich Institute, University of Suffolk and the Suffolk Book League. It is sponsored by Scrutton Bland accountants and Charles Stanley & Co, and is an important feature of the region’s literary calendar.

Sophie Green, author of the Potkin and Stubbs books

2023 New Angle Prize Judges’ Short-list. 

Caroline Davison, The Captain’s Apprentice: Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Story of a Folk Song (Chatto & Windus, Aug 2022). “A beautifully written exploration of the world of Edwardian folk music, and its influence on the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.”

Jill Dawson, The Bewitching (Sceptre, Jul 2022). “Exploring a neglected episode of English history to powerful effect, ​The Bewitching vividly conveys the brutal tribalism that can erupt in a closed society and how victims can be made to believe in their own wickedness.”

Samuel Fisher, Wivenhoe (Little Brown, Feb 2022).“A haunting novel set in an alternate present, in a world that is slowly waking up to the fact that it is living through an environmental disaster. Taking place over twenty-four hours and told through the voices of a mother and her adult son, we see how one small community reacts to social breakdown and isolation.”

Keith Jones, previously Dean of York Minster and Chair of the Suffolk Book League

K.A. Hayton, The Other Side of the Whale Road (Lightning Books, Aug 2021). “How dark were the Dark Ages? Joss is about to find out…When his mum burns down their house on the Whitehorse estate, sixteen-year-old Joss is sent to live in a sleepy Suffolk village. The place is steeped in history, as Joss learns when a bike accident pitches him back more than 1,000 years to an Anglo-Saxon village.”

Robert Jellicoe, Shorelines: Voices of Southwold Fishermen (Black Dog Books, Oct 2021). “Shorelines is a ground-breaking work about Southwold’s longshore fishermen. Written by Robert Jellicoe, who comes from a longstanding Southwold family, it brings a lost way of life into sharp focus using first-hand testimony and original archival material..”

Nicola Warwick, Naming the Land (Maytree Press, Aug 2021). “The poems in this collection are set in the county of Suffolk, where the author explores the history, landscape and folklore of the county. A remarkable collection.”  

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