The Ipswich Institute, with support from Suffolk Libraries, has launched a Readers’ Choice competition to run alongside the New Angle Prize for Literature.

The New Angle Prize is awarded biennially for works of literary merit associated with or influenced by the region of East Anglia and is sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland Financial Services.

A panel of judges will decide the overall prize winner and runner up – but the Reader’s Choice offers people a chance to vote for their own favourite out of the six which have been shortlisted.

Readers are able to vote for one title which they feel represents the best of the region’s literature from the past two years. The deadline for voting is Friday 18 August and people can vote online at or via voting slips available from the Ipswich Institute at 15 Tavern Street, IP1 3AA.

The six books include a biography – Julia Blackburn’s Threads, The Delicate Life of John Craske, a debut novel,

Midwinter from Fiona Melrose, and

Rosy Thornton’s collection of short stories, Sandlands.

Also listed are Sarah Perry’s multi-award winning The Essex Serpent,

Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer and

Julie Myerson’s The Stopped Heart.

Anyone voting can enter their name into a draw to win two free tickets for the new Angle Prize Awards Dinner on Wednesday 6 September at Hintlesham Golf Club at which the winners of the New Angle Prize Judges’ award and Suffolk Libraries Readers’ Choice award will be announced. For more information about the New Angle Prize, visit

There will also be a special Shortlist Showcase event on Wednesday 28 June where the shortlisted authors are invited to an evening of reading and conversation at the Ipswich Institute Reading Room in Tavern Street, Ipswich at 7pm. Tickets to the Showcase are available from the Ipswich Institute on 01473 253992 or via [email protected] Tickets are £8 including refreshments which have been sponsored by Waitrose.

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