In Someone’s Good Books: The East Anglian Book Awards 2023
The East Anglian Book Awards celebrate the literary talent and rich cultural heritage of East Anglia, a region known for its picturesque landscapes and historic towns. This annual event, supported by the Eastern Daily Press, Jarrolds, and the National Centre for Writing, in association with the University of East Anglia, recognizes outstanding authors, illustrators, and literary works that either originate from or are closely connected to East Anglia.
The awards include categories such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography/Memoir, Poetry, History and Tradition and Children's Books, allowing a wide spectrum of literary genres to be honoured. The panel of judges, often comprising experts and figures from the publishing industry, carefully assess the submissions to determine the winners in each category.
These awards serve as a platform to showcase the literary achievements of the region, fostering a sense of community among local writers and readers. By spotlighting East Anglia's cultural contributions, the East Anglian Book Awards encourage the exploration of its history, landscapes, and traditions through the written word, enriching both the local literary scene and the broader world of literature.
Announcing the shortlist for the East Anglian Book Awards is a moment of literary anticipation and excitement. The shortlisted authors and their works are poised to receive recognition and celebrate their contributions to this cultural tapestry. Discover the short list across the categories below:
Biography and Memoir
• Sit Still Timmy, Tim MacWilliam
• 36 Hours, Fiona Mason
• An Angel Amongst Strange Bears: John Hobart, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, Blickling Hall, Joy Beresford Frye
• The Meaning of Geese, Nick Acheson
• The Invention of Essex: The Making of an English County, Tim Burrows
• The History of the World in 100 Plants, Simon Barnes
• Foxash, Kate Worsley
• The Others of Edenwell, Verity M Holloway
• The Witching Tide, Margaret Meyer
• The Human Portion, Nicola Warwick
• Before the Dreadful Daylight Starts: An Anthology of Norfolk Poetry, Cameron Self and Kevin Gardner
• Wild Life, James McDermott
Children's (Mal Peet Award)
• The Golden Mango Tree, Karen Li
• Hairy Humbug Hog, Oliver Sheldrake
• Monster in the Woods, Dave Shelton
History & Tradition
• Norwich Textiles: A Global Story 1750-1840, Michael Nix
• The Road, Christopher Hadley
• Exploring Norfolk's Deep History Coast, Dr John A. Davies and Dr David M.G. Waterhouse
Winners will be announced early 2024 so watch this space for more information.