Jenn Ashworth was born in 1982 in Preston. She studied English at Cambridge and since then has gained an MA from Manchester University, trained as a librarian and run a prison library in Lancashire. She now lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster. Her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, was published in 2009 and won a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 her second, Cold Light, was published by Sceptre and she was chosen by BBC’s The Culture Show as one of the twelve Best New British Novelists. In 2013 her third novel, The Friday Gospels, was published to resounding critical acclaim and Fell was published in 2016. She lives in Lancaster with her husband, son and daughter.
“I am delighted to be a part of anything that aims to promote, celebrate and support the amazing diversity of small independent presses operating in the UK. Never before has there been such an urgent need for the careful nurturing of voices and perspectives that are, for whatever reason, excluded from the mainstream. Readers are hungry for experiment, for innovation, for risk. The Clarissa Luard award seeks to recognise that important work and I’m excited to be a part of the judging team.”