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Creative Future Writers' Awards with Kerry Hudson

Part of London Literature Festival

Hear lesser-told stories from writers selected for the Creative Future Writers’ Award at an event hosted by author Kerry Hudson, with poet Anthony Anaxagorou.

This year’s Creative Future Writers’ Award is on the subject of ‘home’. At this event, hear 12 shortlisted writers read their stories and poems on what home means within the rich array of experiences in the UK today.

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Writers’ Award is a development programme for talented writers from a wealth of backgrounds.

It includes the UK’s only national writing competition for all under-represented writers, alongside a series of workshops in hubs throughout the UK.

Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts and given the opportunity to develop their work through training, mentoring, assessment and coaching.

All winning entries are published in the anthology Home, alongside work from Kerry Hudson, Anthony Anaxagorou and the guest author for 2019, Mahsuda Snaith.

Kerry Hudson’s first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, published in 2012, was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award and shortlisted for multiple awards including The Guardian First Book Award and the Polari First Book Award.

Hudson’s second novel, Thirst, won France’s most prestigious award for foreign fiction, the Prix Femina Étranger.

Her latest, non-fiction book, Lowborn, and a series of columns for The Pool take her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today.

Hudson founded The Breakthrough Festival and has written for publications including Grazia, The Guardian and The Metro.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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