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Rebecca Goss Shortlisted for East Anglian book Awards

Monday, 30 Sep 2019

Cover of Girl by Rebecca Goss We're delighted to share the news that Rebecca Goss's third collection of poetry, Girl, has been shortlisted fort he 2019 East Anglian Book Awards in the poetry section. Congratulations, Rebecca!

Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate writing talent within the East of England. 
The East Anglian Book Awards are a partnership between Jarrold, EDP, and the National Centre for Writing, supported by UEA Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the PACCAR Foundation.

This year over 90 eligible books were submitted by more than 60 publishers. Since the awards launched in 2008, they have highlighted the works of approximately 150 authors, 200 titles, and more than 100 publishers.

Chris Gribble, chief executive of the National Centre for Writing, said: "This is the 12th year of the East Anglian Book Awards, and what a promising year it has been so far. We've received over 90 books from more than 60 publishers, showing once again that the creativity and talent of our region is truly flourishing. We're incredibly excited by the shortlist that the judges have selected this year - these are stories that give life and voice to East Anglia's past, present and future."

The shortlisted titles will now be considered for the Book by the Cover Award, judged by members of the East Anglian Writers. The winning book from each category will be considered by a final judging panel of representatives from Jarrold, the EDP, National Centre for Writing and University of East Anglia. One of these six finalists will go on to win the Book of the Year Award with prize money of £1,000, courtesy of the PACCAR Foundation.

The category winners, Book by the Cover Award, Exceptional Contribution Award and the Book of the Year Award will be announced at the ceremony on Friday, November 15. You can read more about the prize and see the full shortlists here.

Author photo of Rebecca Goss In Girl, Rebecca Goss considers the emotional and physical connections women make to the world around them. The poems interrogate and celebrate female identity and experience, and the dynamics of family and friendship. From a woman struck by lightning to a baby who understands shadows, Goss navigates the real and the imagined with equal flair. At the heart of the collection is a distinctive, sensual series of poems responding to the work of the artist Alison Watt: the result is a fearless exploration of the female body and female desire.

'Goss contiunes to mine distinctive terrain which makes the best of her poetry compelling... these poems are impressive for launching seams of intense emotion from so minimalist a source'
Ellen Cranitch, The Poetry Review, Summer 2019

'Rebecca Goss's poems have their own sure authority; they are never ostentatious or trendily experimental, and her voice rings out clear, promising always more to come'
Patricia McCarthy, Agenda, The Ekphrastic Issue

Huge congratulations to Rebecca from all of us here at Carcanet, and good luck!

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