Chris Wadsworth
Percy Kelly - Looking East to the Ennerdale Fells
Writer and Art Consultant

21st September 2012


The Portico library in Manchester is a historic and little known place to visit. Every two years it awards a prize for fiction and a prize for non fiction. The books must have a northern connection and be published in the last year.

This year has attracted a record number of entries, possibly because it is a prestigious award and possibly because the prize in each category is £10k. My Hercules and the Farmer's Wife was short listed last time for the non fiction. It didn't win but we had a really good time. The fiction prize went to Cumbrian writer Sarah Hall.

I've just received the news that my biography of Percy Kelly -  The Man who couldn't stop drawing is shortlisted this year. There are 10 books in the short list which includes Jeanette Winterton and Simon Armitage and Sarah Hall is back in the fiction short list along with A S Byatt, Joan Bakewell and other luminaries of the literary world.

So, until the award dinner in Manchester Town Hall on 22nd November, it is nail biting time. If nothing else (and it probably is just that) it is an affirmation of my decision to become a full time writer. I've put details of events leading up to it on my events It also spurs me on to get on with the next book; the next project.

I am now off to sunny Italy to meet up with other writers and artists for eating, drinking, discussion, debate, - oh yes, and writing. This annual event comes under the auspices of the wonderful people at Ways with Words who rent the villa in a hill top village in Tuscany. It's an inspiring place.


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