Thursday, May 18, 2017

Joan Hessayon Award Winner: Kate Field

 Joan Hessayon Award winner Kate Field triumphs

with debut novel The Magic of Ramblings

LONDON 18th May 2017: Lancashire-based author Kate Field has triumphed with her contemporary novel The Magic of Ramblings published by Accent Press, for which she has been awarded The Romantic Novelists' Association’s (RNA) prestigious Joan Hessayon Award for new writers. Kate was presented with her award and a cheque for £1,000 at the RNA’s Summer Party, held today at the Royal Overseas League in London.

The Joan Hessayon Award is generously sponsored by gardening expert Dr David Hessayon OBE, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a great supporter of its New Writers' Scheme.

The judges for the award, which included new RNA Chair Nicola Cornick and outgoing Chair, Eileen Ramsay, were unanimous in their decision to crown The Magic of Ramblings the winner. The book was selected from a list of eleven contenders, all authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers Scheme. Each year 250 places are offered to unpublished writers writing in the romance genre.

"The judges agreed that the winning novel was outstanding, and selected it for its warmth and insight. The Magic of Ramblings is a very appropriate title for this book,” said new RNA Chair Nicola Cornick. “It has a beautiful quality of being both poignant and uplifting at the same time. It is totally charming and we loved it.”

Author Kate Field's decision for her heroine, Cassie, to start a community library in the remote Lancashire village of Ramblings was inspired by her own volunteer work with the community library held in her local village hall. She enjoys writing contemporary romance with "a touch of Northern grit", and said, “I’m thrilled to be included on a shortlist that features such talented writers, many of them good friends I have made through the RNA.”
Outgoing RNA Chair Eileen Ramsay said of the shortlist, "This year's list of contenders delighted and engaged us with their writing, and are all to be congratulated.”
She continued, “We offer our special congratulations to Kate Field for her winning novel, a heart-warming story, and worthy winner. "

The full shortlist for 2017 is:

Victoria Cornwall             The Thief’s Daughter                                Choc Lit
Kate Field                              The Magic of Ramblings                        Accent Press
Terri Fleming                       Perception                                                     Orion
Jen Gilroy                              The Cottage at Firefly Lake                  Forever, Grand Central, Hachette
Morton Gray                        The Girl on the Beach                              Choc Lit
Vivien Hampshire            How to Win Back Your Husband      HQ Digital
April Hardy                           Sitting Pretty                                                Accent Press
Emily Kerr                              Who Does He Think He Is?                     Crooked Cat
Abbey MacMunn              Touched                                                           Tirgearr Publishing
Arabella Sheen                  Castell’s Passion                                         Beachwalk Press Inc
Lynda Stacey                       House of Secrets                                          Choc Lit

About the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) and the New Writers’ Scheme

The RNA was formed in 1960 to promote romantic fiction and encourage good writing and now represents more than 700 writers, agents, editors and other publishing professionals.


Kate Field said...

Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes last night, and I'm sorry if I was too shocked to make any coherent reply! Congratulations to all the contenders for writing wonderful books and being published. It was a privilege to be in the spotlight with you! x

Natalie Kleinman said...

You were very gracious, Kate. Many congratulations. It was lovely to share your evening with you and all the other contenders.

Morton S Gray said...

Many congratulations, Kate! It was a lovely evening and all the contenders felt very special and supported. Thank you to the wonderful RNA, the NWS and the readers. 💙💛❤️💜💚