2018 BAME Prize: Savannah Burney Q&A

Savannah Burney is one of our six shorlisted authors for the 2018 Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize with her story SPAM. Get to know her a little bit better with this Q&A, and find out more about all six shortlisted stories here.

The story: SPAM

‘Spam’ follows the unlikely encounter between a cynical and misanthropic B&B owner and a bright young girl, who along with her mother, become unexpected guests in the morning after the Grenfell fire.

What’s your name?

Savannah Burney

Where do you live?

South London

What’s your main occupation?

Social Work Student

Can you remember the title of the first story you ever wrote?

Thankfully, no, although I do remember it involved The Powerpuff Girls.

What are you reading now?

White Teeth by Zadie Smith, again.

What’s your favourite word?


What one book everyone should read?

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker.

Which writers have influenced you most?

Zadie Smith, Alice Walker, Ken Kesey, Philip Roth, Harper Lee.

What’s the most memorable sentence you’ve ever read?

I think’ it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.

Where’s your favourite place to write?

Wherever my brain allows me to!

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