The Laura Kinsella Fellowship 2021 will be judged by writers Kerry Hudson and Eva Verde, with NCW Communications Manager Stephanie McKenna.
Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award while also being shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, Thirst, won France’s prestigious award for foreign fiction the Prix Femina Étranger and was shortlisted for the European Premio Strega in Italy.
Her latest book and memoir, Lowborn, takes her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past. It was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, a Guardian and Independent Book of the Year. It was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize and shortlisted in the National Book Token, Books Are My Bag Reader’s Awards and the Saltire Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020. Website
Eva Verde is a writer from Forest Gate, East London. She is of dual heritage. Identity and class are recurring themes throughout her work as she studies towards an MA in Prose Fiction. Her love song to libraries, I Am Not Your Tituba, forms part of Kit De Waal’s Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers with Unbound and her short story, Purpose, is included in The Reading Agency’s forthcoming anthology, Stories to Make You Smile, for World Book Night 2021.
Eva’s debut novel, Lives Like Mine, is published by Simon and Schuster in June 2021.
Eva lives in Essex with her husband, three daughters and Labrador.
Steph McKenna is Communications Manager at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature. An MA Literature graduate of the University of East Anglia, she previously held communications roles in the NHS and local government. She is the co-host of NCW’s The Writing Life podcast and pop culture podcast The Thirst, and editor in chief of the SHHHH Guide to Norwich. She is the creator of a Stephen King zine project for writers and illustrators of marginalised genders (women, non-binary folx and trans men).