Are we home yet? Katy Massey’s memoir about her relationship with her mother, was published in September 2020 by Jacaranda. It has been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and longlisted for the Portico Prize. She worked as a journalist for many years before completing a PhD on memoir and race at Newcastle University. Alongside her own work, she has guided and published numerous emerging writers and initiated her own Arts Council-funded literature projects. She has published two anthologies of memoir: Tangled Roots: True Life Stories About Mixed Race Britain, featuring 30-plus contributions, and Who are we now? a collection of first-person experiences of the 2016 Brexit referendum. She lives in East Sussex with her family and has just completed a novel.
‘The Northern Writers’ Awards are such an important route to support and publicity for writers outside the London bubble. While living in Newcastle I learned about the excellent reputational springboard the awards provide and how their existence foregrounds the need for funding to enable working-class and other under-represented voices to emerge. I am thrilled to be asked to be one of the judges of the Sid Chaplin Award, a rarity in that all forms of writing, including non-fiction and young adult, is welcomed. I can’t wait to read the entries.’