Nottingham Writers Studio patron Jon McGregor has been announced as the winner of this year’s East Midlands Book Award, with his collection of short stories, ‘This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You’. Fellow member Alison Moore was also a nominee for the award for her Booker shortlisted novel ‘The Lighthouse’.
Jon had recently discussed his book and the craft of writing short stories at a NWS social event – Nottingham Writers Studio hosts a writers social on the first Thursday of each month, as a way for writers to showcase and discuss their work, and for studio members to step away from their works in progress and meet and catch up with other writers.
Henderson Mullin, Chief Executive of Writing East Midland said: ‘The East Midlands Book Award has gone from strength to strength since it was started in 2010. This year it celebrated a really strong short-list of some of the finest writers the region has to offer which makes the award genuinely meaningful. I’m delighted for Jon McGregor. He’s a fantastic writer who, I’m sure, will go on to become one of the country’s leading literary figures. He’s also a very generous one who quietly does a great deal for others.
Pippa Hennessy, Nottingham Writers’ Studio’s new Development Director, was pleased to see Jon’s anthology win. ‘It’s fantastic to see a collection of short stories recognised in this way, and we’re delighted for Jon. He was kind enough to express his thanks to the Writers’ Studio for the support he received in his early writing career, and we’re immensely proud to be associated with such a great writer. Along those lines, I’m looking forward to working on a collection of work from the Writers’ Studio over the next few months, which will showcase the diversity and quality of writing coming from our published and unpublished members.’