Two Saboteur Awards in two years for the School of Arts

Posted by rmt22 at Jun 20, 2019 11:10 AM |
Staff from the School of Arts have won this major literary award two years running.

The prestigious Saboteur Awards are awarded each year in various categories, and are decided by public vote. Last year, Dr Emma Parker, Reader in Postwar and Contemporary Literature, won the award for 'Best Wildcard' category, for her Arts Council-funded project "Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe." The project marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Joe Orton, and celebrated his talent for cutting satire.

This year, at an awards ceremony in May, Dr Jonathan Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, again from the School of Arts, received the Saboteur Award for Best Anthology 2019. The award was for an anthology of short stories Dr Taylor co-edited called High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories, which was published recently by major independent publisher Valley Press.

The anthology, which includes stories by some of the best and most well-known contemporary short story writers in the UK, captures the pleasures, pains, ecstasies and horrors of drinking. Two of the stories are written by PhD Creative Writing students from the University of Leicester.

Dr Taylor commented that the "win demonstrates the amazing quality of the stories and writers involved. It is also unprecedented that staff in the same university department should win two Saboteur Awards in consecutive years."

In the same week as the win at the Saboteur Awards, it was announced that Dr Taylor's own poetry collection, Cassandra Complex, published by Shoestring Press last year, has been shortlisted for the annual Arnold Bennett Prize. The prize is for the best book published by an author from Stoke-on-Trent each year. The final winner will be announced at a ceremony in mid-June.

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