Michelle Green was announced as the winner on Sunday night at Rendezvous: Wish You Were Here, a celebration of the life and work of Julia Darling at Live Theatre, Newcastle. The event also helped fundraise for the prize, which is crowd-funded and supported by many fellow writers including Lee Hall, David Almond and Jackie Kay.
Michelle is a British-Canadian writer who works in and around Manchester. She began writing spoken word poetry in 2001, with a focus on economy, working class experiences, and queer lives. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her debut poetry collection, Knee High Affairs, was published in 2005, followed by a critically acclaimed short story collection, Jebel Marra, in 2015.
The fellowship will allow Michelle to spend three weeks in Hayling Island, which lies off the south coast of England and which is the setting for a new collection of short stories. She describes the island, once a bustling seaside resort, as
“a place of contradictions” and writes that “the shuttered seafront strip is now full of the ghosts of many past lives. I am drawn to its contrasts and resilience, as I know that’s often where interesting stories sit.”
Visit our Travel Fellowship page to find out more about the prize, how to support it and our award winners Michelle Green, and Chloe Daykin (the inaugural winner).