Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Haunting Tale Shortlisted for Pounds 15,000 Literary Prize

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Haunting Tale Shortlisted for Pounds 15,000 Literary Prize

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

Northumberland author David Almond has been shortlisted for the National Short Story Prize, which offers pounds 15,000 to the winner.

The list, whittled down from 428 entries to five, was announced yesterday on Radio Four.

David's entry, Slog's Dad is a haunting story of a Tyneside childhood, which possibly describes a supernatural event, in which Slog's dead father ( a Geordie binman ( returns to give his son a last reassurance of paternal love, or may simply be the eerie delusion.

The story originally appeared in a book called So What Kept You? published in September 2006 by Hexham-based Lambard Press in collaboration with New Writing North.

Joining David on the shortlist is another writer with North-East connections.

Jackie Kay, professor of creative writing at Newcastle University, also takes her place on the list with How To Get Away With Suicide, a story which follows Malcolm and his quest to kill himself without anyone knowing. …

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