H(A)PPY Shortlisted for Gordon Burn Prize

We are delighted to announce that H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker has been shortlisted for the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize.

The Gordon Burn Prize is a partnership between the Gordon Burn Trust, New Writing North, Durham Book Festival and Faber & Faber. The winning writer receives a cheque for £5,000 and is offered the opportunity to undertake a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.

The prize will be awarded at Durham Literary Festival on 11th October 2018.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Nicola Barker: Matthew Marland)

RCW Authors Longlisted for HWA Crown Awards

We are delighted to announce that three of our authors have been longlisted for the Historical Writers’ Association’s Crown Awards:

Graham Robb‘s The Debatable Land and Matthew Kneale‘s Rome: A History in Seven Sackings have both been nominated for the Non-Fiction Crown Award and David Barbaree‘s The Deposed has been longlisted for the Debut Crown.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Graham Robb: Natasha Fairweather; Agent for Matthew Kneale: Georgia Garrett; Agent for David Barbaree: Sam Copeland)

Zadie Smith wins Austrian State Prize for European Literature

We are proud to announce that Zadie Smith has won the 2018 Austrian State Prize for European Literature (“Österreichischer Staatspreis für Europäische Literatur”).

Austrian Cultrure Minister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP) says the writer “has sharpened our awareness of the ethnic, social and cultural polyphony of our world by asking in her novels the question of origin and identity” in her literary oeuvre so far.

The prize, worth €25,000, will be awarded in Salzburg on 27th July.

Previous winners include Karl Ove Knausgård, Patrick Modiano, Ljudmila Ulitzkaja and Javier Marias.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Zadie Smith: Georgia Garrett)

Richard Osmond Scoops Seamus Heaney Centre Prize

Richard Osmond’s debut collection USEFUL VERSES has picked up the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection. The prize is worth £5,000 and Richard will have the chance to go to the Glucksman Ireland House, New York University to read his work. Of the collection the chair of the judging panel, Professor Edna Longley, said:

Useful Verses is a wonderfully original collection, which relishes and renews everything that poetry can do with language. It’s also a challenging vision of our relations with the natural world.’

(Agent for Richard Osmond: Matthew Turner)