Friday, 25 July 2008

Winner of the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary 2008 Announced

Unpublished author Andrew Blackman, from North London, was announced as the winner of the 2008 Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary last night and awarded £2,500 as well as a publishing contract with Legend Press for his novel On the Holloway Road.

Two additional prizes were awarded to 2nd and 3rd place writers James Higgerson and Andrew Kirby. The shortlist of 11 authors were selected by a judging panel comprising Legend Press, best selling authors Sam Mills and Zoe Jenny and Luke’s family, from hundreds of submissions.

The Luke Bitmead Memorial Fund was founded by Luke’s family, in association with Legend Press, shortly after Luke’s tragic death in 2006 at the age of just 34. Luke’s book White Summer was the first novel to be published by Legend Press. Legend Press say they are "delighted" to be working with Luke's family and that, "Luke would have loved the idea of another struggling talented writer being supported on the arduous road to securing their first publishing deal."

Novelist, and judge of the Bursary, Sam Mills remarked:

"Andrew has a mature prose style with a lovely turn of phrase. His writing showed great flashes of wit and insight. I am proud to have been involved in selecting such a worthy winner and feel he has the potential to go onto great things."

Tom Chalmers, Managing Director of Legend Press, commented:

"We are delighted to announce Andrew as the first winner of this fantastic award. From working with the unforgettable Luke, I know he will be delighted at the opportunity the bursary creates and we can’t wait to start working with Andrew on his superb novel.”

Picture: Andrew being awarded his cheque by Luke's mother and sister.

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