Presentation of the awards will take place at one of the great highlights of Manchester’s literary calendar, the Portico Prize Award Dinner, which always proves to be an exciting and memorable occasion. For 2015 this prestigious event will take place at Manchester Mercure Hotel, Piccadilly, on Thursday 26th November. Commencing with a pre-dinner reception and the opportunity to mingle with some of the country’s finest authors, guests will enjoy a three-course meal in the fabulous and elegant International Suite.
Internationally renowned author and patron of The Portico Library, Val McDermid, will host the evening.
Below are the two winners from The Portico Prize for Literature 2012, Sarah Hall and Jean Sprackland.
At a closing event in January (date to be announced), the winners will also be presented with a beautifully bound copy of their winning entry. Legacy events profiling past winners and shortlisted authors will take place throughout the year at various locations across the region.
Fiction Sarah Hall The Beautiful Indifference
Non-Fiction Jean Sprackland Strands
Fiction Sarah Hall How to Paint a Dead Man
Non-Fiction Madeleine Bunting The Plot, a Biography of an English Acre
Fiction Sallie Day The Palace of Strange Girls
Non-Fiction Catherine Bailey Black Diamonds
Winner Overall: Non-Fiction Andrew Biswell The Real Life of Anthony Burgess
Fiction Val McDermid The Grave Tattoo
Terry Wyke Public Sculptures of Greater Manchester
Shelley Rohde The Lowry Lexicon: An A-Z of L S Lowry
John Parkinson-Bailey Manchester: An Architectural History
Paul Wilson Do White Whales Sing at the Edge of the World?
Richard Francis Taking Apart the Poco Poco
Jenny Uglow Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories
Alan Hankinson Coleridge Walks the Fells
Hugh Owen The Lowther Family
Anthony Burgess Any Old Iron
John Stalker Stalker
Margaret Simey Democracy Rediscovered
Bill Naughton On the Pig's Back
Don Howarth Figures in a Bygone Landscape
Gary Messinger Manchester in the Victorian Age