A friend a book and a garden

A friend a book and a garden



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Memoir - Garden Writing Competition

The first Festival of Garden Literature celebrates garden writing as a genre, with a particular emphasis on Memoir. We are holding a writing competition for a piece of literary memoir inspired by, or set in, a garden.

Judged by Antonia Fraser, Adam Nicolson and Sigrid Rausing, a prize of £2,500 was awarded to the winning entry. 

Congratulations to our winner and two finalists who have now been selected.

Winner: Lorna Gibb - Two Gardens


Honourable mentions go to our long listed entries, to be published on our website at a later date:

  • Vanessa Berridge: A Garden for my Father
  • Angelica Gray: An Inconvenient Child
  • James Russell: Deadheading
  • Ambra Edwards : Forde Abbey Stories
  • Pamela Bodger: Gardener, Transplanted
  • Chloe Evans: Grit and Gumption
  • Mary Keen: Growing
  • Radhika Oberoi: Kali
  • Van Demal: Lane End
  • Lyndsay Wheble: Lizard
  • Elizabeth Speller: Lost Content
  • Tiffani Angus: My Own Green Madness
  • Margaret Hazelll-Smith: One More May
  • Jane Gibbon: Taking Root
  • Seraphima Kennedy: The Basement Gardeners
  • Rosa Johnson: The Making of the Garden at Little Oak
  • Julia Brigdale: To Capture a Garden

The winner and two runners-up read extracts from their work on the second and final day of the Festival, Sunday 29 June, where the winner was announced, and will be published by Granta Online. The prize is sponsored by Granta Magazine.

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