Lancaster writer wins prestigious prize

LANCASTER writer Carys Davies has won the Royal Society of Literature’s prestigious V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize.

The prize, worth £1,000, is made annually for the best unpublished short story of the year by a British or Irish writer.

It was presented to Davies by former BBC chairman Sir Christopher Bland at the Courtauld Institute in London.

Davies’ winning story, The Redemption of Galen Pike, is set in a small town in 19th-century Colorado, and tells of an unlikely friendship between a condemned man and a Quaker woman who visits him in jail. The judges called it “a classic short story of great power”.

See the Lancaster Guardian (24-11-11) for full story.