Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write Fiction
A.K. Blakemore’s debut novel, The Manningtree Witches, won the Desmond Elliot Prize (2021) for the best debut published in the UK. It is a Sunday Times Book of the Year, Waterstones Book of the Month, and Times paperback bestseller. It was also shortlisted for the Costa Prize Debut Book Award, The Writers Guild Best Debut Novel, Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and the Bloggers Bookprize. Blakemore has also authored two full-length collections of poetry: Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road Books, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection. She has translated the work of Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo (My Tenantless Body, Poetry Translation Centre, 2019). Her poetry and prose writing has been widely published and anthologised, appearing in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Poetry Review and The White Review, among others.