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Huge congratulations to Preti Taneja for winning the Desmond Elliot Prize with her re-telling of ‘King Lear’ set in modern-day India WE THAT ARE YOUNG. The judges described the ‘scope, ambition, skill and ambition’ of her novel as ‘awe-inspiring’.

Taneja spoke at Word Factory’s inaugural festival CITIZEN: A NEW STORY. Read our interview with her here: bit.ly/2MfjSM2
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Huge congratulations to Preti Taneja for winning the Desmond Elliot Prize with her re-telling of ‘King Lear’ set in modern-day India WE THAT ARE YOUNG. The judges described the ‘scope, ambition, skill and ambition’ of her novel as ‘awe-inspiring’.

Taneja spoke at Word Factory’s inaugural festival CITIZEN: A NEW STORY. Read our interview with her here: https://bit.ly/2MfjSM2

2018 Word Factory Apprentice Award Winners Announced

Posted on June 17th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

It is a tremendous honour to welcome a wonderful group of writers to the Word Factory family – the winners of the 2018 Word Factory Apprentice Award. Please say hello to Georgina Aboud, Sharon Telfer, Natalie Theodoridou and Farhana Khalique – and to specially commended writers Stephanie Scott and Emily Ford.

I am particularly proud that the award – offering a place in the Word Factory community and year long mentorship – has created a new template for developing writing talent that other organisations have adopted. The award offers a whole year of mentorship and community of support focussed on great work – work that has won previous winners recognition in the literary world and . But “career success” is not the focus – quality of writing and collaborating with other writers is. The award has also demonstrated the strength, aliveness and diversity of British talent in the five years it has been running There is more…

Books, Birth & Small, Beautiful Beginnings

Posted on May 18th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

by Cathy Galvin

In a few days I shall be the proud parent of a new literary imprint. I’m aware of how it was conceived, which isn’t always the case in parenthood. I’ve willed it into being and reacted instinctively when the right publishing partner came along. Yet this arrival is still surprising, nerve-wracking and, yes, exciting.

In time, perhaps we parents might allow ourselves a little celebration – when the new Guillemot Factory imprint is in the world, being read, held and perhaps (we can hope) being adored. Before then, there’s some labour to be done: it has to roll off the presses at the printers in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, smelling of new paper and hot ink. I shall be there, watching as four limited edition pamphlets make their way into the world. There is more…

Dazzling the Gods – An Excerpt

Posted on May 16th, 2018 by Eloise Wales

On 1st June, we’ll be at the Charles Causley Festival of Literature and the Arts for a Word Factory special event, The Cornish Renaissance. We’ll be joined by Adam Marek, Tom Vowler, Luke Thompson, Emma Timpany and Word Factory Director Cathy Galvin, for a Word Factory day of workshop, reading club and salon celebrating the launch of our limited edition short story pamphlet series in collaboration with the Guillemot Press – The Guillemot Factory.

Ahead of the event, here’s a chance to enjoy an excerpt from the award-winning novelist and short story writer, Tom Vowler’s new collection, Dazzling the Gods. There is more…

5/18: News & Opportunities Round-up

Posted on May 1st, 2018 by Eloise Wales

Compiled by Content Manager Eloise Wales from Associate Director Paul McVeigh’s blog. A monthly listing you can’t afford to miss. See the links below.

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