Mari Hannah wins Polari First Book Prize

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Northumberland author Mari Hannah has won the Polari First Book Prize 2013 for her novel The Murder Wall (Pan Macmillan). The award was announced last night Wednesday 11 September at an event at the Polari Literary Salon at London’s Southbank Centre by Polari host and chair of the judges Paul Burston. Also on the judging panel were writer, critic and broadcaster Bidisha and literary critic Suzi Feay.

Mari won a Time to Write Award at the 2010 Northern Writers’ Awards, which allowed her to work on The Murder Wall and met her agent at an event organised by New Writing North to introduce winners to the publishing industry.

The Polari First Book Prize is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published in the UK in English. For more information, see