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Press release.

Two Suffolk writers named amongst East of England’s top ten literary talents in Arts Council England, East’s awards.

Suffolk writers Ruth Dugdall and Verity Hollaway have been chosen by Arts Council East to take part in their 2006 Escalator Literature Awards Scheme, for promoting the best new talent in Literature. Ruth who lives in Felixstowe with her husband Andrew and their two children has recently given up work to write full time and has just completed her third novel. She is a former probation officer who worked partly in a prison environment and her experiences there influence her writing. Her first novel, The James Version, was published in 2004. Her second novel, The Woman Before Me, won the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger in November 2005, but has yet to be published.

Verity Hollaway is studying for her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University and has had several poems published, she was awarded a runners-up prize in the Forward Press 2004 Top 100. Verity is particularly interested in fantasy, historical, and gothic short story and novel length stories.

Ten writers from across the Eastern region have been selected to take part in Escalator 2006, the Arts Council England, East scheme for promoting the best new talent in Literature.

Andrea Stark, Director of Arts Council England, East says "This selection of ten talented writers through Escalator Literature exemplifies our ambitions for new writing and, more broadly, for our Escalator talent initiative. We wish them every success with their creative careers in the years ahead."

Announced today by The New Writing Partnership, the ten winners will be mentored by leading writers in the region and will be fast-tracked through the Arts Council’s grants scheme.


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