At the end of June 2019 I flew back from an incredible three week cycling trip around the Westfjords of Iceland, had a shower and jumped on a train to Newcastle. I was determined not to miss the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony. It was lovely to catchup with new Writing North people and fellow writers, and to celebrate the winners of the 2019 awards. I was so pleased to accept the Arvon Award, for which I had entered my then work-in-progress, a historical crime novel called ‘Where Angels Fear’. My prize was an Arvon Foundation retreat of my choice.
It’s been a busy old year and it wasn’t until just before Christmas that I was able to plan the how, when, where and what of my chosen retreat. Now it’s all booked and in the diary and I can’t wait! I am going to be spending six days at The Clockhouse at the Hurst, in Shropshire, on an untutored writing retreat. I will be staying in a studio apartment with views of the Shropshire Hills. With all meals provided I will have lots of time to write and edit and write (and gaze out of the window!)
I will be reporting back here on the experience. Meanwhile there are still three weeks to go until the deadline for this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards and I would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply. Full details on all of the different awards, including the Arvon Award, can be found here.