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Words and Women announce East of England new writing …

Words and Women is delighted to announce that the winner of this year s annual new writing prize is Sarah Evans, who receives 600 and publication in Words and Women: Three for her emotionally compelling story Scalpelling Through. Sarah has had over a hundred stories published in anthologies, magazines and online, with outlets including: the Bridport Prize, Unthank Books, Lighthouse, Structo and Best New Writing. She has won a number of short story prizes, including the Winston Fletcher Prize, the Stratford Literary Festival Prize, the Glass Woman Prize, the Fylde Writers Circle Prize and the Rubery Prize.

She has also had work performed in London, Hong Kong and New York. The anthology will feature 21 other highly commended entries to the competition, including short prose from Sarah Ridgard, Deborah Arnander, Dani Redd, Antoinette Moses, C.G. Menon, Caroline Davison, Sharon Eckman, Danusia Iwaszko, Claudine Toutoungi, Patricia Mullin and Louise Tree among others.

Published by independent press Unthank Books, this year s anthology will be an eclectic collection of high quality prose, a rich and vivid read of startling, compelling and moving texts set across the world and close to home, exploring everything from belly-dancing in Japan to collapsing houses in the UK, a canary in Kabul and the birth of a calf in winter snow, infidelity and virginity, sinister origami and movie-making, the true nature of Jane Austen s dog and murder in Mexico. The competition received 176 entries from all over the region and was guest-judged by Sunday Times best-selling author, Emma Healey. The quality, as ever, was very high and reflects the talent and commitment of women writers in the region.

We are continuously surprised by the range of subjects tackled by entries to the competition, said Belona Greenwood, co-organiser of Words and Women. We had a hard time selecting our long list from so many genuinely interesting ideas before handing the final responsibility for choosing the winners to this year s judge, Emma Healey. We judged the work anonymously and it was very exciting to find out the names of our winners at the end of this process.

We have selected an outstanding mix of work, both fiction and non-fiction, and look forward to seeing it appear in Words and Women s third anthology, said Lynne Bryan, Words and Women co-organiser. The anthology will be launched at Words and Women s 5 th anniversary celebration of International Women s Day, which this year will be on March 7 th at Norwich Arts Centre with a brilliant line up of short readings from winning writers and music from Karen Reilly of the Neutrinos, Sink Ya Teeth, and Emily Winng, all presided over by compere, award-winning stand up, Louisa Theobald. This year, Words and Women will be raising money for Women for Refugee Women.

Words and Women s last two anthologies have both been shortlisted for the national Saboteur Awards, and this year, Words and Women were runners up in the Women in Publishing award for pioneering venture. Words and Women showcase women writers who live in the East of England, at all stages of their professional careers in an annual celebration of regional creativity on International Women s Day, and through commissioning opportunities and an annual new writing prize. Visit the wordsandwomennorwich. 1 for more information.

Caroline Davison Boy With Gun Fiction (Norwich, Norfolk) Sharon Eckman Charis Fiction (Pegsdon, Hertfordshire) Victoria Hattersley Looking For Jim Morrison Fiction (Norwich, Norfolk) Danusia Iwaszko Still Life Fiction (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk) Sara Keene The Accomplice Fiction (Woodbridge, Suffolk) Julie Kemmy Colin Fiction (Norwich, Norfolk) Isabelle King You re In The Movies, Huni Fiction (Norwich, Norfolk) Kathy Mansfield The Friends Fiction (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) C.G.

Menon Sacraments Fiction (Trumpington, Cambridgeshire) Margaret Meyer Leda s Swan Fiction (Norwich, Norfolk) Nicola Miller I m Not Christiane Fiction (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk) Antoinette Moses A Canary In Kabul Memoir- (Norwich, Norfolk) Patricia Mullin Folding Fiction (Syderstone, Norfolk ) Glenys Newton The End Of The Line Non-Fiction (Chrishall, Hertfordshire) Dani Redd The Second First Time Fiction (Norwich, Norfolk) Sarah Ridgard Thin Walls Fiction -= (Norwich, Norfolk) Claudine Toutoungi Room Service Fiction (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) Louise Tree The Colours of Snow Fiction ( Peterborough, Cambridgeshire) advert Silver Screen T Shirt printers Bungay Related References ^ (

Nelly's Garden: Big Chubby Returns

Had second cataract procedure at Mater Hospital, Belfast. Removed eye patch and could see perfectly. Threw away spectacles and started using reading glasses.

Hannah and I flew to Stansted. Trains weren’t running so had to get coach to Cambridge then train to King’s Lynn. Did not get to Katy’s until late.

Baby James grown like gosling, still gorgeous and very smiley. Went to Hunstanton. Fierce wind blowing off the North Sea.

Hannah sad she left her woolly hat in Ballymena. We found a sheltered spot and ate delectable Cornish pasties. Later on went for walk in derelict part of Sculthorpe air base 1 .

Went to Wells-next-the-Sea. Excellent second hand bookshop and we got to see the places where James’ father played truant when he went to school there. Do hope that young James will pay more attention to his studies.

Later on went for walk on Syderstone Common. Went to King’s Lynn. Left Hannah to railway station as she was off home again.

Went shopping for skeleton suit for James’ first Hallowe’en. No luck. It seems that babies may only dress up as pumpkins in King’s Lynn.

Quiet day at James’ home. James’ other grandparents called. Much cooing and admiring took place.

Went to Burnham Market. Shopped for London Sister’s birthday present. If London Sister were town in North Norfolk she might well be Burnham Market.

Went for lunch in Tilly’s Cafe where all women present fell in love with James. James and Katy went to Music Event for babies and small children. James apparently slept entire time.

I strolled around Fakenham and discovered shop selling battered chocolate. Not battered as in Mars Bar delicacy popular in Scotland, just slightly scruffy and sold for next to nothing. Apparently outlet for sweet factory that supplies Marks and Spencer and Asda.

Glad we don’t have similar in Ballymena or I would be dead from chocolate poisoning within month. Unlike previous visit when he screamed whole journey baby James slept all the way from Katy’s to King’s Lynn. Bid mother and child poignant goodbyes and started my journey.

Was far too early and had to wait three hours at airport. Observed rude, unpleasant security person be nasty to everyone who stood in front of him. Thankfully got pleasant young chap myself.

Had not got round to putting my eye drops in plastic bag and he was perfectly nice about it. Did not have to take my shoes off. Bert had made an heroic effort to keep house tidy but it still smelt like ancient public house.

Had no time to clean it as it was child-minding day. Evie and Martha were almost as delighted to see me as I was to see them. Evie got good child sticker from nursery and gave it to Bert.

It was a lovely afternoon and we spent it on the trampoline, tree house and swing. Removed vintage pub smell from house using vinegar, bleach and Zoflora. London Sister’s birthday.

Significant. My present and card arrived on time so quite pleased about that. Met Hannah and Ziggy and went for walk and catch up.

She had noticed horrible security man at Stansted too. Jazzer and Ben came round for the evening. Had red wine, chili and chocolate.

Amazingly, despite red wine, chili and chocolate, did not wake up with sore head.

Caught up with my blog.

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