Awards galore for writers

Pulp performing at Sheffield Arena
Pulp performing at Sheffield Arena
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A strong Sheffield contingent was among the winners at the Northern Writers Awards ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne last week.

Fiction writers Jude Brown and Beverley Ward and poets Geraldine Monk and Suzannah Evans received cash prizes while Jennifer Hockley and Stacey Sampson were among a further ten authors receiving bursary prizes involving either mentoring or a place on a writer’s residency.

Initially only available to writers in the North East, the Northern Writers’ Awards opened up to writers from across the North for the 2013 intake, which led to over three times as many submissions. The idea is for the cash prizes to allow the winners to buy time to write and complete works-in-progress, and those receiving development bursaries to bring a current piece of work towards publication.

Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North, said: “With six of the 22 winning writers from Sheffield alone, an area which previously wasn’t eligible for the Northern Writers’ Awards, this year has demonstrated that there’s a clear role for New Writing North in helping to support and shape development for writers across a wider landscape.”

Pulp’s concert at the Motorpoint Arena last December is to be immortalised in a documentary feature film.

With the working title, Pulp and Sheffield, it will capture the day in the life of the city from dawn to dusk as Jarvis Cocker, pictured below left, and the band return to play the final main date of their 18 month reunion tour.

The film will show that on the one hand a special day for 13,500 fans gathered in Sheffield Arena, some who have been queuing all day in the cold, while at the same time it is just an ordinary day for those without a ticket.

Produced by Alex Boden of Pistachio Pictures and directed by Florian Habicht, Pulp and Sheffield is one of a slate of projects Screen Yorkshire has announced it will invest in through its Yorkshire Content Fund along with two major TV dramas. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a UK-Canada co-production for BBC One based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, whose magical story commences in York during the Napoleonic Wars, and Death Comes to Pemberley, a three part adaptation of PD James’ best-selling homage to Jane Austen for BBC One,

Author Tim Dickson will be giving a talk about the Sheffield artist and designer, Leonard Beaumont at the Graves Art Gallery next Thursdaylunchtime. It coincides with the book launch of ‘Leonard Beaumont - A Biography and Print Catalogue, below, the first publication solely dedicated to this highly regarded graphic designer, illustrator, book publisher and printmaker.

Dickson’s book centres around the bequest Beaumont made in 1982, where he gave over 80 works of art to the city of his birth.

Around half of his bequest is currently on display in the Graves.