from Past and Present Escalator Winners
Each year writers
in need of support at critical stages in their careers benefit from
the Escalator Literature scheme which develops new talent in the
Eastern region. Read on below for the latest updates…
his MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2007, before going on to be
one of the ten winners of that year’s Escalator award. He has
recently completed his first novel The Listeners, a gothic story of
family secrets set in Norfolk at the start of WWII.
Edward has also
just been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This
will fund a six-week expedition later in the year to Australia to
research his next project - which will focus on the history of the
exploration of the outback and the continent’s unique wildlife.
Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship gives me a fantastic
opportunity to visit some fascinating, remote parts of Australia,
and to weave together the tangled stories of the continent’s
history and enigmatic wildlife in my first travel book.”
Prior to studying
for his MA, Edward worked as Communications Officer at BirdLife
International, where he was involved in the conservation of the
world’s globally threatened birds – knowledge he hopes to put to
good use on his trip. For more information on the Winston Churchill
Memorial Trust please see:
“To receive the award was a huge boost, and it gave
me the space to put my shoulders down and just write.”
Nicola's detective novel An
Expert In Murder was published by Faber & Faber in May
2008 and she is now looking forward to the imminent release of
the novel in paperback. The good news does not finish there, as the
Angel With Two Faces, is published in July both here
in the UK and in America. Faber have now commissioned two
further books in the series. Nicola won an Escalator Literature
award in 2005.
“I was one of ten writers from the region to win the award.
It’s been great to be part of such a varied bunch – journalists,
academics, poets – all provoking each other to write good
Fraser was an
actor and performance poet before becoming a playwright. His
collection of short stories,
Wrestling Angels, have been broadcast on Radio 4 in
January, and his play
The Lifesavers is currently showing in London’s Theatre
503 from 27th January to 21st February and then moving on to
Colchester’s Mercury Theatre from 24th February to 7th March.
Further good news follows as his first opera
Don’t Breath A Word is to be developed by the Royal Opera
House later in 2009.
Find out more on the
BBC website, for which Fraser was interviewed. Fraser was
a winner of Escalator Literature in 2007.
Vanessa and Virginia, a fictionalised account of the life
of Vanessa Bell and her complex relationship with her sister
Virginia Woolf, was published in May 2008 by Two Ravens and
Harcourt in the United States, with the latter also expressing an
interest in her second book
Minuet in B Sharp.
Susan has posted the launch of her new book
Vanessa & Virginia on the video sharing website You
Tube. Click on the following link to view the footage:
continues with the book selected for the Barnes and Noble
summer 'Discover New Writers' programme and award in the United
States. It will be profiled by 700 Barnes and Noble bookshops, and
will also be eligible for their best New Writers of 2009 award.
Susan joined Fraser Grace as one of the winners of Escalator
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