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«Past Winners

Ally North

  • Andrea Badenoch Award, 2022
Ally North

Ally North writes adult and YA fiction, musicals and comics. She studied MA playwriting with David Edgar and went on to work as a fishmonger, kilt saleswoman, performing arts teacher, barmaid, ghost tour guide, call centre operative and pub chef before becoming a professional writer of marketing copy for a gardening company. Originally from Durham, she now lives in York with her three children.


‘I’ve been writing all my life and wondering whether it wouldn’t just be easier to watch TV or figure out what Sudoku was. I’m thrilled to win the Andrea Badenoch Award, because it’s the most incredible boost! It’s given me renewed confidence that my writing is going in the right direction and with the help of New Writing North, I can’t wait to take the next steps.’

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