Naomi Booth is a prose fiction writer and academic. Her first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, emerged from her PhD research into the literary history of swooning and won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella 2015. Her debut novel, Sealed, is a work of eco-horror that explores pregnancy and body mutation: it was shortlisted for the Not the Booker Award and was included in the Guardian’s “Fresh Voices: Fifty Writers to Read Now” in 2018. Her short fiction has been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Award and the Galley Beggars Short Story Prize, and anthologised in Best British Short Stories. Naomi grew up in West Yorkshire and now lives in York. She teaches in the English Studies Department at Durham University.
I’m really looking forward to judging the entries for the Sid Chaplin Award, which is generously supported by the Chaplin family. The north of England is home to many writers from diverse backgrounds with urgent stories to tell, and this award is a valuable opportunity for those from working-class backgrounds to develop their work. It’s an honour to be able to read some of the new and most vital writing being produced in our region.