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A very late postscript to the YWP

30 May

I’m so late in posting this. Like, two months late. I could bore you with my school-based excuses, but suffice to say GCSEs and trying desperately to get my students their C grades (such is the dire state of education) has taken up a lot of my time.


What I wanted to write up was a little postscript to the Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize. You might remember that I was a finalist a little while ago, and if you have been following the competition you’ll have seen that the prizes went to the very deserving Katie Coyle and Joe Ducie. You can read their opening chapters at the Guardian website here (Katie) and here (Joe) – absolutely fab and I can’t wait to read the rest.

Kate Herrell, a fellow finalist, has written a lovely reflection on the process at her blog. I wanted to add my side of the story to that, but also to express how much this competition has changed things for me.

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Exciting News

3 Dec

I’m delighted to be able to share with you that my novel ‘The Twain’ has been shortlisted in the Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers’ Prize 2012 .

I found out last week but wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until it was officially published. Safe to say I have had my head in the clouds for the last seven days. I mean, my little book? Top five? REALLY?! Somebody pinch me!!!

The winner won’t be announced until March, so meanwhile I need to get myself off Cloud 9 and back onto terra firma – i.e. school, school and more school. Thank you so much to all my cheerleaders – your support means everything. x