The Lutterworth Press is proud to announce that our book The Angel Roofs of East Anglia by Michael Rimmer, which was previously shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2016, has now been longlisted for the New Angle Prize for Literature 2017.
The Angel Roofs of East Anglia is the first detailed historical and photographic study of the region’s many medieval angel roofs. It shows the artistry and architecture of these inaccessible and little-studied medieval artworks in more detail and clarity than ever before, and explains how they were made, by whom, and why. The book includes a foreword by Lloyd Grossman.
Michael Rimmer redresses the scholarly neglect and brings the beauty, craftsmanship and history of these astonishing medieval creations to the reader. The book also offers a fascinating new answer to the question of why angel roofs are so overwhelmingly an East Anglian phenomenon, but relatively rare elsewhere in the country.
The New Angle Prize, organized by the Ipswich Institute, annually awarded for literature associated with or influenced by the region of East Anglia. The £2,500 competition, sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland accountants, is considered a prominent event of the region’s literary scene.
The Judges for this year are:
Midge Gillies, Cambridgeshire-based biographer and director of creative-writing at Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
Steve Russell, Booklover, journalist and leader-writer for the East Anglian Daily Times
Kate Worsley, Harwich-based author of prize-winning first novel She Rises (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Please see below the full long-list:
Francesca Armour-Chelu, Fenn Halflin and The Fearzero (Walker Books, June 2016)
“A thought-provoking debut in which the threat from the east coast sea is not all there is to worry about”.
Julia Blackburn, Murmurations of Love, Grief and Starlings (Full Circle Editions, April 2015)
“The swirl of starlings in the evening skies become a metaphor and celebration of the human spirit and a life lived to the full”.
Julia Blackburn, Threads, The Delicate Life of John Craske (Jonathan Cape, April 2015)
“Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated and beautifully produced – a life of rediscovered genius”
Jill Dawson, The Crime Writer (Hodder & Stoughton, June 2016)
“a destabilising book in which you’re never quite sure what’s real, imagined, or simply the result of madness”.
Daisy Johnson, Fen (Jonathan Cape, June 2016)
“the flatlands of East Anglia are a setting for this gripping and refreshing debut collection of short stories”.
Fiona Melrose, Midwinter (Little, Brown, November 2016)
“An incredibly-assured debut that explores the emotions of men of the land, which we don’t often see”.
Julie Myerson, The Stopped Heart (Jonathan Cape, February 2016)
“an examination of deep loss that is a fine example of the author’s power to
produce dark and scary material”.
Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (Profile Books, May 2016)
“A novel that has the power to surprise, genuinely-set in the beauty and
oppressive nature of the muddy Essex shores”.
“a fine work which does a wonderful job explaining what’s on our doorsteps, how it got there, and why”.
Philip Terry, Quennets (Carcanet, July 2016)
“sparse by design, this poetry is a strong reminder of the power of
words when allied to our imagination, experience and emotions”.
Rosie Thornton, Sandlands (Sanderstone Press, July 2016)
“short stories that capture perfectly that the past and present are separated
only by a thin screen”.
Elizabeth Wilhide, If I could Tell You (Fig Tree, February 2016)
“a story which forces us to confront the uncomfortable questions we try to hide in
the darkest corners of our minds”.
The shortlist is scheduled to be announced 28th June, 2017.