Hi, folks! Today, I wanted to share some exciting news – I’ll be sitting on the shadow panel for the Young Writer of the Year Award!
The shadow panel is made up of several different bloggers who will all be receiving copies of the shortlisted books. We’ll each read the books and then we’ll be meeting up in person to decide our overall winner, and then the shadow panel’s winner will be revealed alongside the actual winner at the awards ceremony.
Meet the panelists:
Annabel Gaskell is a science technician and health & safety officer by day at an Oxfordshire prep school. By night, she’s been blogging for nine years at annabookbel.net where she aims to read and write about the widest range of books she can. Annabel is also the proud co-founder/editor of Shiny New Books, a book review website that publishes regular quality reviews and features of great new books (and new old ones!) by a lovely army of bloggers, friends and authors.
Eleanor Franzen is a bookseller at Heywood Hill in Mayfair. She blogs about books and other things at Elle Think and is writing her first novel. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s singing. Find her writing at Elle Thinks.
Rebecca Foster is an American transplant to England. A former bookseller and librarian, she has now been a full-time freelancer for over four years. Along with editing science journals, she regularly reviews books for a number of print and online publications on both sides of the pond, including Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Wasafiri literary magazine. Her reviews have also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Stylist magazine. She blogs at Bookish Beck.
Clare Rowland has been blogging at A Little Blog of Books in her spare time for over five years. She does most of her reading during her commute to work in London and particularly enjoys contemporary literary fiction, translated fiction and narrative non-fiction. She tweets at @littleblogbooks
It’s still early days at the moment and a lot of the details are under embargo, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for further updates. We’ll be revealing the full shortlist on Sunday 29th October, so check back then or follow SocialBookshelves.com on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.
In the meantime, thanks as always for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!