Isabel Ashdown

Where Are They Now? - Isabel Ashdown

“My first ever pre-publication writing award was a for a poem which won runner-up in this competition. The anthology gave me my first taste of being published & some real self-belief. 13 years & 7 novels later, I'm still grateful to @BridportPrize for that boost.”

In addition to the morale boost the award also brought about a life-long love of Bridport and Dorset, where she now takes a regular writing retreat. Following that prize, Isabel completed her fledgling novel, and with it won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition (judged by Fay Weldon), with the debut Glasshopper being twice named amongst 2009’s Best Books of the Year (London Evening Standard and Observer). Since then, she has written six further books, and has taught creative writing in a wide variety of settings, including West Dean College, Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival, and the University of Brighton. In 2017/19 she was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chichester, working with students for one-to-one writing advice and support – and she continues to work with the RLF today, under their ‘Reading Round’ community programme. 

Isabel’s latest novels include Little Sister which was shortlisted in the 2018 Dead Good Reader Awards.  Her seventh novel, Lake Child, a thriller set in a remote valley town in the heart of Norway’s ancient fjords, is due for release in September 2019.

Twitter @IsabelAshdown

Instagram @isabelashdown_writer


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