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Laurie Lee shortlist is announced


The shortlists for the inaugural Laurie Lee prize for writing has been announced ahead of the Stroud Book Festival.

The winner in the under 25 and over categories will be announced at a free public Laurie Lee Prize event on the opening night of Stroud Book Festival, Wednesday, November 2nd at which they will also read their winning entries.

Olivia D’Arcy-Price, Viktoria Dahill, Amy Libbiter, Patrick Shead, Archie Woolls.


Pip Heywood, Alun Hughes, Rose Lennard, JLM Morton, Mathew Page, Belinda Rimmer, Pippa Stroud, Rhian Thomas, Charlotte Wright, Molly Coldicott.

Open to unpublished Gloucestershire writers across a range of genres, the Laurie Lee prize for writing has been created to acknowledge and honour the work of Stroud’s most famous son, Laurie Lee (1914-1997).

The new prize was the idea of bestselling Stroud writer, Katie Fforde, and has been established under the umbrella of The Laurie Lee family, and his literary estate.

Submitted writing – whether fiction, non-fiction or poetry – must be on a nature or conservation theme.

The prize is open to writers currently resident in Gloucestershire, and to those who were born in the county, and each winner receives £1000 in prize money.

The 2022 judges are Katie Fforde (chair), Jessy Lee (Laurie Lee’s daughter), Norah Perkins (Laurie Lee’s literary agent), and Gloucestershire writers, Jamila Gavin, Adam Horovitz, and Jane Bailey.

Link to the Stroud Book Festival event here: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/events/the-laurie-lee-prize-for-writing-our-2022-winners/

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