The winner of the inaugural Laura Kinsella Fellowship is Michelle Perkins. Perkins originally trained as a nurse and was the first person in her family to go to university when she studied at Goldsmiths in the 90s. After experiencing some major life challenges, she rediscovered writing as a means to make sense of her difficult family history.
Of Perkins’ work, judge Roopa Farooki said:
‘There is a poetic pragmatism that is the writer’s own, and I feel there is great potential for this writer to be a bold and brilliant voice.’
Born in the UK, Michelle left home at eighteen to train as a nurse in London. She began writing during an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, at Goldsmith’s in the 1990s. Working in nursing and on community arts projects, and later as a gardener following a move to Somerset; writing was often little more than journal entries and notes. However, in 2015, after three years of personal upheaval, and a year spent working on an Italian farm; she returned to the west country to begin again, this time with writing as her focus.
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