The HWA reveals 2016 Goldsboro Debut Crown Longlist
Twelve remarkable books will fight it out in the race for this year’s HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown award.
Titles including The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester, Belonging by Umi Sinha, Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman, Death and Mr Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis, Eden Gardens by Louise Brown, The Hoarse Oaths of Fife by Chris Moore, The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait, Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea, Rembrandt’s Mirror by Kim Devereux, Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye, A Want of Kindness by Joanne Limburg and Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck have been nominated.
The Historical Writers’ Association unveiled their 2016 longlist ahead of this year’s History in the Court event on 30th June, where the judges will announce the titles that have made it onto the shortlist. The HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown will be presented to the winning author at the Harrogate International Festivals’ 2016 Harrogate History Festival, during the gala opening party on Friday 21st October.
“This year’s HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown long list reflects the strength and variety of the entries we received,” says chair judge Andrew Taylor. “It also demonstrates that historical fiction in the UK is flourishing as never before.”
This coveted award is presented to the book judged to be the best debut in historical fiction and comes with a £1,000 prize. The 2015 winner was Ben Fergusson’s novel The Spring of Kasper Meier.
“Our long list proves these are exciting times for fans of historical fiction,” says HWA chair Imogen Robertson. “These exciting new voices are demonstrating the strength of the genre and the range of superb storytelling it embraces.”
The HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Longlist in full:
The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester, published by Simon & Schuster
Belonging by Umi Sinha, published by Myriad
Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman, published by Little, Brown
Death and Mr Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis, published by Jonathan Cape
Eden Gardens by Louise Brown, published by Headline
The Hoarse Oaths of Fife by Chris Moore, published by Uniform Press
The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait, published by Atlantic
Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea, published by Scribe
Rembrandt’s Mirror by Kim Devereux, published by Atlantic
Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye, published by Orion
A Want of Kindness by Joanne Limburg, published by Atlantic
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck, published by Hodder
For further information, please contact Kate White, press officer for the Historical Writers’ Association at email@example.com or on 07814791775.
Notes for editors:
The HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown has been running since 2012.
2015: The Spring Of Kasper Meier – Ben Fergusson
2014: She Rises – Kate Worsley
2013: The Light Between Oceans – M.L Stedman
2012: Treason’s Tide – Robert Wilton
The HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Judges are:
Andrew Taylor – author and chair judge
Manda Scott – author and former HWA chair
Daphne Wright – author
Nick Rennison – author
Nick Sayers – publisher
Antonia Senior – author
About the HWA:
The Historical Writers’ Association are authors, publishers and agents of historical writing, both fiction and non-fiction. The HWA was created to provide professional and social support to our members, and to created opportunities online and in person for our members to meet with readers, fellow writers and enthusiasts for all things historical. Our chair is the author Imogen Robertson, who took over from founding chair Manda Scott in 2015.
About Goldsboro Books:
Goldsboro Books’ mission is to provide signed first edition books in our central London bookshop and online; ensuring an expert, knowledgeable team and carefully curated range are at the heart of our business, delivering the best book-buying experience for every customer. Goldsboro Books aims to interest and inspire book lovers, readers and collectors and provide the finest quality signed books in the world.
About Harrogate International Festivals
Harrogate International Festivals is one of the north of England’s leading arts & cultural organisations, offering a year-round programme of music and literature festivals and events, plus education and outreach work across the Harrogate district.
Established in 1966, the charity has a history of attracting the world’s most enthralling performers to Yorkshire’s doorstep, and of nurturing young talent. Its diverse portfolio has dramatically increased the cultural and tourism offer for Harrogate and the surrounding area.
2016 marks its 50th anniversary.
Its 2016 programmes includes:
- Cie Carabosse present The Fire Garden (23-25 June)
- Harrogate Music Festival (throughout July)
- Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival (7-10 July)
- Harrogate Festival Big Screen (9-10 July)
- Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (21-24 July)
- Spiegeltent including Children’s Festival (September)
- Berwins Salon North (year-round)
- Harrogate History Festival (20-23 October)
- HIF+: Year-Round Outreach work (year-round)
About Future 50
The Future 50 Appeal aims to raise £1m, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Harrogate International Festivals by helping to secure the future of the organisation, looking to the next 50 years of arts and cultural events in Harrogate.
To stage what is one of the most ambitious programmes in the North of England, each year Harrogate International Festivals is required to raise over £500,000 from grants, donations and sponsorship.
The Festivals has a huge impact on tourism, attracting 90,000 people resulting in an £8.2m economic impact for the District. It also works year-round to change lives, from community outreach work to safeguarding a performance platform for aspiring musicians.
The last 50 years has seen world-class names headline in Harrogate, including acts as diverse as Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Alfred Brendel, Paloma Faith, the Halle, BB King and JK Rowling.
The Festivals was at the forefront of classical music in the 60s, the vanguard of comedy and street theatre in the 80s and 90s, and now delivers over 300 events per year, celebrating its heritage and developing innovative new strands.