New chap­ter for writer


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Fiona Thompson Twit­ter: @fionath­omp­sonjp

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.north­ern­writ­er­

City au­thor Iain Rowan with his award. Pho­to­graph by To­pher McGril­lis.

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