Catherine Robinson: Local Author Nominated For Top Literary Prize
Steve Whitaker, Literary Correspondent
Ribble Valley author, Catherine Robinson, has been nominated for the national writing award ‘Comedy Women in Print’ for her debut comedy fiction Forging On.
Catherine’s book, published by Orion in 2017, is a comic novel about an apprentice farrier’s first year of training in Yorkshire, and is one of twelve novels chosen for this prize from an abundance of submissions. The longlist of nominees includes beloved and best-selling novelists with an existing back catalogue, as well as debut writers and rising stars like Catherine.
All of the books on the longlist are recognised for, and connected by, idiosyncratic humour and the way in which each author embraces a rich and varied tradition to create wit and comedy. “I’m among some very respected names in writing so I’m thoroughly delighted to be nominated”, says Catherine.
Catherine’s debut book has been described as “wonderfully warm and funny” and as “the perfect holiday poolside read”. She has taught English and drama in schools and colleges for more than three decades, and is currently teaching in Lancashire. She lives with her husband near Clitheroe, where (when not teaching or writing) she has raised a son, farmed a small flock of Derbyshire Gritstone sheep, and bred horses.
Catherine will also be featured in the North West’s first and biggest Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival in August, hosted on the beautiful campus of Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley. Catherine will be a speaker at the festival, focusing on the art of turning fact into fiction. The College has many links to literary and film icons such as Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The festival will give locals and those coming from further afield an opportunity to meet Catherine in person. The winner of the ‘Comedy Women in Print’ Award will be announced on 10 July.
Watch this space!
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Catherine Robinson: Local Author Nominated For Top Literary Prize, 13th April 2019, 11:06 AM