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Jeffrey Wainwright finalist for Arnold Bennett Book Prize

Friday, 7 Jul 2017

No Text We're delighted to announce that Jeffrey Wainwright's What Must Happen is a finalist for the 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize!

The competition was open to writers from North Staffordshire, or authors from anywhere else in the world writing about life in North Staffordshire and is part of a year of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the 'Bard of the Potteries'. The other shortlisted books include Sitting Ducks by Lisa Blower; Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster; A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice and the North Staffordshire Miners by Russell Phillips; and Arnold Bennett's Grand Babylon Hotel edited by Rando Saloman.

“The prize helps to place Stoke-on-Trent on the literary map in the way that the poet Philip Larkin helped Hull, the current European City of Culture," said John Shapcott, vice president of the Arnold Bennett society and chairman of the prize's judging panel.

Fellow judge Mick Temple, professor of journalism and politics at Staffordshire University, said he was grateful for the opportunity to read books that he would not have come across otherwise. “We're very lucky to have talent of this calibre in North Staffordshire. Overall the standard was very high."

Broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed will hand over a £500 cheque to the winner at a ceremony at Keele University on September 1. Following the prize presentation, Samira will deliver a lecture entitled 'What Arnold Bennett can tell us about Brexit Britain', as part of a two-day celebration of the author.

Congratulations Jeffrey!

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