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Andrew Ballantyne

  • Sid Chaplin Award (Winner), 2022
Andrew Ballantyne

Andrew has spent the last ten years working on writing fiction, in which time he has drafted three manuscripts. He grew up on a council estate in the North East and went on to study Sociology at Durham University. He is fascinated by the ways in which people from working-class backgrounds interact with broader socio-political frameworks, something that strongly influences the themes he explores in his work. Andrew is a proud Teessider and still lives in his hometown.


‘Being an unpublished writer that explores underrepresented working-class voices is hard. The industry was starting to seem impenetrable to me. Winning the Sid Chaplin Award is therefore invaluable, as it seeks to help people in my exact situation. I can’t wait to get started on the next step of this journey.’

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