Shortlist of 2023 Writers-in-Residence at Gladstone Library revealed

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Fourteen authors are vying for a month-long residency in a historic residential library.

The 2023 shortlist for the Writer in Residence program for Gladstone Library in Hawarden was announced this week.

The shortlisted authors were selected from a wide range of submissions by an internal peer review committee, and their work will now be forwarded to the external jury.

Typically, four to six authors will be selected as winners, and they will be offered the opportunity to stay at the library for up to a month to work on their next projects.

Louisa Yates, Director of Collections at Gladstone Library, said: “Our shortlisting panel is larger than in previous years, leading to a very strong shortlist that includes a variety of genres, authors and houses. editing.

“It’s good to see the Library’s commitment to diversity growing stronger, and that’s something we’ll be building on next year.

The Writer in Residence program, sponsored by Joana Munro, was created in 2012 in association with Damian Barr, author of Maggie and me, you’ll be safe here and creator of Damian Barr’s Literary Salon.

Winning writers are offered a weekly pay of £100, full board and accommodation at the library, which has 26 residential rooms and can use its famous Victorian reading rooms and collections.

They are invited to blog about their stay and will lead a conference and a masterclass during paying events open to the public.

Previous winners include Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpentrecently adapted into a television series starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston, and Amy Liptrot, author of Overtaking.

Katie Munnik, author of The Aerialists, said: “When I was finishing the first draft of The Aerialists I spent a very productive long weekend in a comfortable office in Gladstone Library, so now it’s an honor Absolute to be on this shortlist.”

Sarah Taylor, author of Max the detective catsaid: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been included on the list. All of my books except the one written in lockdown were born or worked at Gladstones and it’s such a special place, supporting books, researchers and writers and always so welcoming.

Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of pandora, said, “Oh, that’s wonderful news, I’m so thrilled! It’s one of the things I’ve been coveting since I heard about the program in 2016, so having made it all the way to a shortlist is truly a to-do list moment.

The winners will be announced in mid-October.

The shortlist includes:

Sophie Ricard, Philanthropists in torn pants, sick. Scarlett Rickard (SelfMadeHero, 2020)

Jude Piesse, The Ghost in the Garden: In Search of Darwin’s Lost Garden (Scribe UK, 2022)

western moss,Flesh and Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Full Life: A Memoir(Algonquin Books, 2022)

Alison Layland, River flow (Honno Welsh Women’s Press, 2019)

Katie Munnik, Aerials (The Borough Press, 2022)

Eléonore Wasserberg, The light at the end of the day (Fourth Estate, 2020)

Sarah Todd Taylor, Max the Detective Cat: The Little Nap (Nosy Crow, 2019)

Susan Stokes-Chapman, pandora (Harvill Secker, 2022)

Jane Yeh, Discipline (Carcanet, 2019)

David Hartley, Wildlife (Fly on the Wall Press, 2021)

Catherine Okoronoko, Blood and water / bara na mmiri (Waterloo Press)

Genevieve Carver, Landsick (Broken Books of Sleep)

Marguerite Gokun Silver, I named my dog ​​Pushkin (Wire, 2021)

Jonathan Davidson, A common place (The Poetry Enterprise, 2020)

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