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  • 2021 4thWrite Prize: Gift Nyoni, The Ritual Seat of the King

    • Sep 1, 2021 •

    Gift was designed in Britain and assembled in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. During his first eight years in the UK he lived underground as an undocumented asylum-seeker, seeking refuge in libraries and trying to write, something he aspires to do well. He now lives out in the open in London, and is working on his first novel. He’s interested in identity, trauma, memory, and notions of home.

    The Ritual Seat of the King  
    The Rhodesian civil war ends and hope abounds in the new Zimbabwe, but when David’s father returns to the family home it soon becomes apparent that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and the young boy’s fascination soon turns into revulsion. 

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  • 2021 4thWrite Prize: Amaan Hyder, Postpositions

    • Sep 1, 2021 •

    Amaan is the author of the poetry collection At Hajj (Penned in the Margins, 2017). His poems have appeared in various publications including The Guardian, Poetry Review and Poetry London. He is a Ledbury Poetry Critic 2021 and a doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Follow him at @hyder_amaan on Twitter.

    Postpositions
    Postpositions comprises thirty reflections by an unnamed narrator concerning inheritance, queerness and late nineties-early noughties television. 


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  • 2021 4thWrite Prize: Sulaxana Hippisley, Cadaver

    • Sep 1, 2021 •

    Sulaxana is an English teacher, writer and single mother. Runner up in the 2019 Bridport Short Story prize, she has been long listed for the 2020 BBC Short Story Award, the Bristol Short Story prize, the 2019 ‘Spread the Word’ Life Writing prize and  the Asian Writer short story competition. She was mentored by Courttia Newland for the 2017 Almasi League and is currently working on her first novel.   

    Cadaver
    On the eve of a dinner party, a young woman encounters the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil  war.

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  • 2021 4thWrite Prize: Nicola Sheppey, Pontianak

    • Sep 1, 2021 •

    Nicola works in architecture in London, having lived between Malaysia and the UK. Her creative non-fiction has been published in Epoch Press. She writes both short fiction and full-length novels, and recently graduated from Faber Academy’s Writing a Novel course. A Malaysian setting inspires her work, and she is drawn to magic realism and mythology in her writing. Follow her at @NicolaSheppey on Twitter and Instagram.
     
    Pontianak 
    A young woman is placed in postpartum confinement and feels a malevolent presence threatening to invade. 


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  • 2021 4thWrite Prize: Laura Blake, Home is Not Here

    • Sep 1, 2021 •

    Laura Blake – Home Is Not Here 

    Laura is a writer and editor based in Birmingham. She is mixed race, with two Jamaican grandfathers and two English grandmothers, which always makes for an interesting conversation about identity. She has an MA in Literary Studies from Aberystwyth University. In 2020, she was a finalist in the George Floyd short story competition and shortlisted for the Leicester Writes competition. Follow her at @LauraJBlake on Twitter.
     
    Home Is Not Here  
    When she was seven years old, Birdie Brown left Jamaica with her parents to begin a new life in England. Now, at the age of seventy, she faces being deported back to a country she barely remembers.


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  • 2021 4thWrite Prize: Inigo Laguda, Hopscotch

    • Sep 1, 2021 •

    Inigo was born in Bedford, raised in Stevenage and currently resides in North London. He graduated in Writing and English literature from Anglia Ruskin University. His poem, Beautiful Tasting Words was a winner in the ‘Edith Sitwell’ Challenge on The Young Poet’s Network. His essays have been published in The MetroNetflix: Bigger PictureWear Your Voice MagazineRacebaitr and Black Youth Project. Follow him at @saveinigo on Twitter and Instagram. 

    Hopscotch
    Unstuck in time, A Black boy raised in a homogeneously white commuter-town hurtles between libidinal incidents that have shaped him. 

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  • Eleanor Wasserberg introduces The Light at the End of the Day

    • Aug 4, 2020 •

    If I invite you over for dinner with my family, be warned, it tends to go like this: we have wine, and then we start talking about the Holocaust.

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  • Sarah Aspinall introduces Diamonds at the Lost and Found

    • Jul 30, 2020 •

    For readers of Hideous KinkyDadland and Bad Blood; the astonishing, beguiling story of Sarah Aspinall’s harum scarum childhood, and a love letter to a woman who defied convention to live a life less ordinary.

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