The Portico Prize Longlist

The Portico Prize Longlist of seventeen books explores the myriad themes of identity, belonging, gender, class and the meaning of place – all connected by the spirit of the North.

This year’s list includes six debut novels and ten independent publishers, and spans fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry, place writing, biography, a graphic history and travel writing. Read more >>

 
 
The Portico Prize Longlist 2019. Image credit: Joe Fenn

The Portico Prize Longlist 2019. Image credit: Joe Fenn

 
 
 
International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Image credit: Will Carr

International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Image credit: Will Carr

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 18:30 (doors) - 21:00

Tickets: £7 advance / £10 on the door

Join members of The Society of Readers and Writers—a selected group of individuals from the world of literature who have determined this year’s Longlist—along with several of the nominated authors for a discussion on writing about the North. Ticket includes a complimentary drink and all longlisted books will be available to buy on the night.

Confirmed speakers include Rachael Allen, poet and poetry editor at Granta; Kamal Kaan, award-winning screenwriter and actor; and Dr Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library and Visiting Lecturer at The University of Chester.

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Mo Ray, Louisa Yates and Qaisra Shahraz, members of The Society of Readers and Writers. Image credit: Sarah Hill

Mo Ray, Louisa Yates and Qaisra Shahraz, members of The Society of Readers and Writers. Image credit: Sarah Hill

 
 

Once described as ‘the Booker of the North’, The Portico Prize awards £10,000 to the book that best evokes the spirit of the North of England. The biennial prize is the UK’s only award of its kind, and accepts submissions across all formats including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. This year the award is proudly presented in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, home to some of the most successful writing courses in the UK. Read more >>

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I’m particularly proud to have won this prize because of its association with The Portico Library, which is one of the hidden gems of Manchester. It’s also very gratifying that the judges were willing to consider a genre novel for a prestigious literary prize. Let’s hope this is the start of a new trend!
— Val McDermid 2006
 
Elmi Ali and Rachael Allen, members of The Society of Readers and Writers

Elmi Ali and Rachael Allen, members of The Society of Readers and Writers

Val McDermid at The Portico Library

Val McDermid at The Portico Library

The Society of Readers and Writers

For the first time, The Portico Library is introducing The Society of Readers and Writers, an appointed group of 15 professionals from the world of literature who have collectively drawn up the Longlist for this year’s Portico Prize. The Society includes publishers, bloggers, authors, editors, performance poets, librarians, book-sellers and critics. All members will receive honourary membership to The Portico Library between July 2019 and December 2020. Read more >>

Past Winners 1985 - 2015

Previous winning authors of The Portico Prize have included Anthony Burgess, John Stalker, Jenny Uglow, Sarah Hall, Catherine Bailey, Val McDermid, Andrew Biswell and Benjamin Myers.

Shortlisted authors have included A S Byatt, Jackie Kay, Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage, Jeanette Winterson, Joan Bakewell, Alan Garner, Joe Stretch and Jane Rogers. Read more >>

 
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The Portico Prize 2019 is pleased to announce its new partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. The Manchester Writing School at Man Met is one of the most successful literary centres in the UK today, and is home to the country’s largest postgraduate English and Creative Writing community. The designation of Manchester as the North’s first UNESCO City of Literature makes this an ideal moment for an educational partnership which can help The Portico Prize 2019 celebrate and promote creativity in the region.

 

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