New chapter for writer
AUTHOR COLLECTS TOP AWARD FOR HIS CRIME WRITING
An author who has turned his attentions to crime writing has captured a prize in a competition which champions the North’s writing talent.
Iain Rowan collected a title for his crime novel’s workin-progress at the Northern Writers’ Awards.
The celebration aims to recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast, with awards for writers at different stages of their careers, including mentoring, developmental support and cash awards to buy time to write.
Iain, who was among 26 winners to be awarded a share of a £40,000 fund, collected the Arvon Award for his work on Going Under.
He is working on a rewrite of the novel and the prize will fund a retreat to work on the piece.
He said: “I’m in an uncomfortable position as a writer: it’s hard to find the words to express how much this award means to me.
“It will give me invaluable time and space to write, but I am also so grateful for the warm encouragement that such an award brings, and delighted to join the community of past, current and future winners.”
Iain was first published when he was 10 years old with a poem in a print anthology and broadcast on radio and has had more than 30 short stories published.
Iain founded the writers’ group Holmeside Writers, which has been running in Sunderland for more than four years.
The awards are produced by New Writing North with support from Northumbria University and Arts Council England.
For more information, visit www.northernwritersawards.com.
City author Iain Rowan with his award. Photograph by Topher McGrillis.