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Double success for Centre for New Writing lecturers at HWA Crowns awards

(21 November 2017)

Beth Underdown, from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures’ Centre for New Writing, has won the ‘Debut Crown’ at the Historical Writers’ Association (HWA) Crowns awards for her book, The Witchfinder’s Sister.

The judging panel, chaired by author Emma Darwin commented: “In The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown has imagined her way into a society’s collective madness, and recreated it in a terrifying and utterly convincing story.”

The HWA Endeavour Ink Gold Crown was won by former Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing, Ian McGuire, for The North Water.  The judges, chaired by Toni Senior, said: “The North Water is a tale of murder and despair on board a nineteenth century whaling ship, and it reeks of blubber and blood. As a feat of historical imagination it is extraordinary; as a novel it is stunning. Like the Arctic waters it describes, this book is violent and unsettling, yet unforgettably beautiful.”