Revealed: The 12 books in the race for The 2017 New Angle Prize. Is your favourite here?

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Novels, short stories, poetry, biography… all powerful and all in the running for the 2017 New Angle Prize, which celebrates and rewards literature associated with or influenced by East Anglia.

The £2,500 competition – organised by the Ipswich Institute and sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland accountants – is an important feature of the local literary calendar.

Authors of the shortlisted books (announced on March 13) will be asked to attend a book-reading event at the Ipswich Institute on Wednesday, July 5.

Prize-winners will be announced at an awards dinner on Wednesday, September 6.

Details can be found on the New Angle prize website – www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk/NAP.html – and progress can be followed on Twitter @PrizeNewAngle


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The 2017 New Angle Prize Judges’ Longlist

Francesca Armour-Chelu, Fenn Halflin and The Fearzero (Walker Books, June 2016): “A thought-provoking debut in which the threat from the east coast sea is not all there is to worry about”.

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Julia Blackburn, Murmurations of Love, Grief and Starlings (Full Circle Editions, April 2015): “The swirl of starlings in the evening skies become a metaphor and celebration of the human spirit and a life lived to the full”.

Julia Blackburn, Threads, The Delicate Life of John Craske (Jonathan Cape, April 2015): “Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated and beautifully produced – a life of rediscovered genius.”

Jill Dawson, The Crime Writer (Hodder & Stoughton, June 2016): “a destabilising book in which you’re never quite sure what’s real, imagined, or simply the result of madness”.

Daisy Johnson, Fen (Jonathan Cape, June 2016): “the flatlands of East Anglia are a setting for this gripping and refreshing debut collection of short stories”.

Fiona Melrose, Midwinter (Little, Brown, November 2016): “An incredibly-assured debut that explores the emotions of men of the land, which we don’t often see”.

Julie Myerson, The Stopped Heart (Jonathan Cape, February 2016): “an examination of deep loss that is a fine example of the author’s power to produce dark and scary material”.

Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (Profile Books, May 2016): “A novel that has the power to surprise, genuinely – set amid the beauty and oppressive nature of the muddy Essex shores”.

Michael Rimmer, The Angel Roofs of East Anglia (Lutterworth Press, August 2015): “a fine work which does a wonderful job explaining what’s on our doorsteps, how it got there, and why”.

Philip Terry, Quennets (Carcanet, July 2016): “sparse by design, this poetry is a strong reminder of the power of words when allied to our imagination, experience and emotions”.

Rosie Thornton, Sandlands (Sanderstone Press, July 2016): “short stories that capture perfectly that the past and present are separated only by a thin screen”.

Elizabeth Wilhide, If I Could Tell You (Fig Tree, February 2016): “a story that forces us to confront the uncomfortable questions we try to hide in the darkest corners of our minds”.

The New Angle Prize Judges for 2017 are

Midge Gillies: Cambridgeshire-based biographer and director of creative-writing at Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Kate Worsley: Harwich-based author of prize-winning first novel She Rises

Steven Russell: books editor of the East Anglian Daily Times.

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