The judges’ for the 2023 New Angle Prize, for literature associated with or influenced by the region of East Anglia, have selected their shortlist of six, from which the £2,000 winner will be chosen, with £500 for a runner-up.
The themes throughout the shortlist are diverse and varied: social breakdown and isolation, folk songs, persecution, time travel and local legends. The 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.
The competition is organised by the Ipswich Institute in partnership with the University of Suffolk and the Suffolk Book League, is kindly sponsored by Scrutton Bland and is an important feature of the region’s literary calendar.
Tickets will soon be available for The Shortlist Showcase, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24th May, an event at which the shortlisted authors will be asked to read from and discuss their works and regional influences.
Prize-winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner on Thursday 21st September to be held at Hintlesham Golf Club, Suffolk.
• Details will be available on the Ipswich Institute website,
www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk and you can follow the prize on Twitter @PrizeNewAngle