Northern writers share

<p>Seven writers across the North East of England have won a share of the &pound;25,000 Northern Writers&#39; Awards 2009. The announcements were made at a special ceremony on 3rd May during the Hexham Book Festival<br /><br />The annual awards are given to both new and established writers in the North East, to support them in their work, and administered by New Writing North. This year the judges were Carole Blake of Blake Friedmann Agency, and Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing.<br /><br />Lorna Elliott and Richard Rippon both won Northern Promise Awards for their novels in progress.&nbsp; Carole Blake said: &quot;Because of the vast amount of reading in my job, I have to be really impressed by something if I&#39;m going to pick it out of a pile of submissions and really want to read more of it, but both of these entries intrigued and impressed me.&quot;<br /><br />The other winners were Weardale poet Pru Kitching; Rebecca Jenkins, from Barnard Castle, who is currently working on her new novel, Gentleman Jo and the Radical; and Marion Husband, a fiction writer from Stockton on Tees. <br /><br />The Andrew Waterhouse Award, which aims to give special support to a poet whose work shows great promise, went to Pippa Little; and the Andrea Badenoch Prize went to Sarah Shaw from Derwentwise for her collection of short stories. </p>