Leigh Chambers has signed a deal with David Headley of DHH Literary Agency (  to be represented by him. Leigh met David at the London AuthorFair Pitch Up! event in which unpublished writers had fifteen minutes to pitch to a chosen agent. Leigh pitched her novel Scapa Flow (extracts on this site) to David who requested to read it in full and then signed her up! You can  read about her experiences in the Lit Factor blog


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Mslexia Longlisting

Congratulations to Leigh Chambers whose novel Scapa Flow has been longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Now she just needs to get the finished novel to Mslexia to see if it can progress to the shortlist. Good luck!

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Bridport Shortlisting

Congratulations to Alex Ruczaj whose short story, Seven Facts About Water, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2013.  There were over 5,800 entries to this year’s competition and approximately 100 were shortlisted so it’s a fantastic achievement. Details of the thirteen winners will be published on the Bridport Prize website from 19 October.

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Festival of Ideas Debate

Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj will chair a debate among top literary names at this years Festival of Ideas. The theme for this year’s Festival, organised by Cambridge University, is ‘frontiers’ and the debate on 31st October will discuss the borders between literary genres and whether publishers, writers and readers are prepared to cross them.

Sitting on the panel will be: author MJ Hyland (whose novel Carry Me Down was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize); short story writer and novelist, Trevor Byrne (whose book Ghosts and Lightening was one of The Guardian‘s Books of the Year in 2010); Literary Agent, Rachel Calder (who works with authors as varied as Annie Proulx and Billy Bragg), and Digital Publisher at Random House, Dan Franklin (a regular speaker on the effect of digital publishing on the fiction market).

To join us and/or find out more about the Festival of Ideas visit

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Writer In Residence

Congratulations to Kate Swindlehurst who is now officially Writer In Residence at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens, supported by funding from the Arts Council. The residency will last a year during which time Kate is hoping to put garden writing on the literary map and explore new possibilities for the journal by examining the space between the literal and the figurative.

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Prizes and Print

Well done to Angles members, Alex Ruczaj and Louise Ells, who have both recently been published.

Alex’s essay on Anne Enright is on the Thresholds website ( in which Alex explores her work and describes  Anne Enright as her ‘first real writer’s crush’.

Louise Ells’ short story, Scraping, will appear in The Masters Review as a competition winner. All the winning stories were selected by recent winner of the Womens’ Prize for Fiction,  A M Homes, who will also introduce the published collection.

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New Radio Show hosted by Angles Members

Alex Ruczaj and Leigh Chambers will be hosting a new radio show for Cambridge about books, writers and writing. The show will be broadcast fortnightly on Cambridge 105FM and the first show goes out at 10pm on 20th March. You can listen live or download the podcast from the Cambridge 105 website ( Subjects for shows include memoir writing, crime fiction, Cambridge Wordfest and short stories. There’ll be a studio guest who’ll talk about their work (listen out for Angles own Azadeh Moaveni who’ll feature in the first programme talking about her books, Lipstick Jihad and Honeymoon in Tehran) and choose music, plus interviews with other writers and general chat about books.

Spread the word!

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Agency Signing

Great news. Zoe Swenson-Wright has been signed by an agent. The Annette Green Authors’ Agency has put her under contract for her first novel The Hour of Birds, a pscyhological ghost story set in present-day London. Annette Green’s other clients include Maria McCann, Emily Bullock and Elizabeth Haynes so we’re hopeful of great things for Zoe’s debut novel. Watch this space.

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Wordfest line-up announced

It’s another great line-up for Cambridge Wordfest (12th/13th/14th April 2013) and features one of our very own members. Azadeh Moaveni will be in conversation with Turkish novelist, Elif Shafak, on Saturday 13 April from 5.30 – 6.30pm in the Winstanley Room.

Other highlights of the Festival include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (talking about her follow-up to the wonderful Half Of A Yellow Sun),  Deborah Moggach (in conversation with Allison Pearson), Tessa Hadley & Susie Boyt (in a session called Writer To Writer), and John Mullan & Paula Byrne (examining the influences that shaped Jane Austen). The full programme is online at


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Congratulations to Angles member, Kate Swindlehurst. An article co-written with her tango teacher, John Connatty, and psychologist, Dr Ellie McKenny is published in the current issue of Animated, the magazine issued by the Foundation for Community Dance.

Tango and Parkinson’s: The View From The Dance Floor examines the therapeutic benefits of tango for people with Parkinson’s Disease through personal reflections and examination of the growing research evidence.


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Massive congratulations to three of our members, Alex Ruczaj, Mary Nathan and Jan Casey.

Alex’s short story, Comfort, was shortlisted for the Asham Award (, one of the most prestigious short story prizes in the country. Over 500 writers entered and just 39 stories were selected to go forward to the next stage.

Mary has won a place on the 2012/2013 Escalator Literature scheme
( and will take part in a year of professional mentoring and development. Mary was one of only ten writers selected from more than 150 applicants. She’ll be working on her gothic novel with award-winning crime writer, Michelle Spring. Previous winners include Susan Sellers and Nicola Upson and we’re confident Mary will follow in their footsteps.

Jan received a ‘Highly Commended’ from the Escalator judges for her novel set during World War 2.

Congratulations, ladies.

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Photos from Kaddy’s book launch

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Cambridge Wordfest 2013 dates

For your diary

Cambridge Wordfest in Spring 2013 will 12/13/14 April.

Cambridge Wordfest in Winter 2013 will be 30 November and 1st December.

Details when published will be from

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A new collection published

Kaddy Benyon, one of our members, is launching her new collection of poems, Milk Fever, on Thursday November 22nd 2012.

“Here are poems which combine dark Lawrentian fire with sparkling contemporary diction to great effect: poignant, far-reaching, reflective, elemental. A remarkable debut.” Penelope Shuttle.

The collection is published by Salt and will be available direct from them, from Heffers and via Amazon.

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Angles website launched

Welcome to our new website, we hope you enjoy it and find it useful and informative.

If you have any comments, queries or wish to report a problem or omission then please email the site administrator ian.kime(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


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