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Hannah Durkan

  • Hachette Children’s Novel Award, 2020
Hannah Durkan

Hannah Durkan spent her childhood in Warwickshire reading, snail collecting, car-picnicking, story writing, overthinking and covering her parent’s carpet in paint. She moved to Yorkshire for university in 2004 and never left. After studying medicine and gaining a PGCE from the University of Leeds, Hannah now lives in Leeds with her husband and young daughter, who has finally given her a legitimate excuse for her enormous collection of children’s books. When she’s not working in a local primary school, she can be found drinking coffee, writing stories, drawing space whales and making dens. Hannah is a passionate believer in the power of writing to support mental health and runs a local peer-support group for mums who enjoy creative writing. Hannah’s debut novel was longlisted for both The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition and The Bath Children’s Novel Award in 2019, before winning the Hachette Children’s Novel Award in 2020.


“I feel so honoured to be included with the winners of this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards and for my novel to be published by Hachette is completely astonishing and amazing! Thank you so much to the judging panel – I am absolutely delighted!”

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