We're so happy to share that Lara Pawson's This is the Place to Be has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burns Prize 2017. The book, published by CB Editions is a "fearless memoir [...] told in fragmentary sections that explore [Lara's] experiences working as a war reporter in Angola and the Ivory Coast, her upbringing in England and intimate aspects of her personal life. The book’s structure creates a collage of memory, juxtaposing questions about the nature of war reporting alongside thoughts about daily life and the nature of close relationships. This is the Place to Be is characterised by Pawson’s unshrinking honesty as she approach the themes of identity, race and class across different continents."
The Gordon Burn Prize is a partnership between the Gordon Burn Trust, New Writing North, Durham Book Festival and Faber & Faber. The winning writer receives a cheque for £5,000 and is offered the opportunity to undertake a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.
The shortlist will be announced in July and the prize itself will be awarded at the Durham Book Festival on Thursday 12th October. Get hold of a copy of the book here.