The Hall & Woodhouse DLF Local Writing Prize has announced its long-list, comprising six local authors.
“In a world currently dominated by postponements and cancellations, we’re pleased that we’ve been able to keep the prize going,” says Paul Atterbury, who runs the Festival together with Janet Gleeson. “And as always we are grateful to Hall & Woodhouse for their continued sponsorship. Now in its third year, the prize attracted entries which were, if anything, more diverse than ever, and it’s great to see so much talent still flourishing around us.
“Getting the books to and from our wonderful – but widely scattered – team of fifteen readers was a challenge during lockdown. However, their valiant efforts have produced this list, which will now go through to the short-list stage of three authors, to be announced in August.”
The Prize Ceremony, where the winner will be awarded £1,000, is currently scheduled for the 5th October and will be held at the Duchess of Cornwall in Poundbury. “Although, of course everything is a moveable feast at present,” says Paul. “We’re still very much working towards the Literary Festival taking place, and will do all we can to ensure it’s a safe environment for everyone.”
The long-listed authors are, in alphabetical order:
Gail Aldwin, Dorchester – The String Games
Helen Baggott, Sturminster Newton – Posted in the Past
Ann Biggins, Fordingbridge – Losing Jane
Viv Endecott, Lytchett Matravers – Exploring Englishness
Cathie Hartigan, Exeter – Notes from the Lost
Brent Shore, Tolpuddle – Blessed are the Meek