Helen Ivory's The Anatomical Venus shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards

Helen Ivory's The Anatomical Venus shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards


Helen Ivory’s fifth collection The Anatomical Venus, published by Bloodaxe Books in May 2019, has been shortlisted for the poetry category of the East Anglian Book Awards 2019, it was announced on 28 September.

A shortlist of three books in six categories will now be considered for the Book by the Cover Award, judged by members of the East Anglian Writers. The cover of The Anatomical Venus features artwork by Helen Ivory, who is also an artist.

The winning book from each category will be considered by a final judging panel of representatives from Jarrold, the EDP, National Centre for Writing and University of East Anglia. One of these six finalists will go on to win the Book of the Year Award with prize money of £1,000, courtesy of the PACCAR Foundation.

The category winners as well as the winner of the overall East Anglian Book of the Year Award will be announced on Friday, November 15, at Norwich City Football Club.

Full details of all the shortlisted titles are in the Eastern Daily Press here.

Helen Ivory is also included on the list of the 100 most inspiring women in Norfolk, announced in the Norwich Evening News of 28 September 2019.  Click here to read. The women chosen have been invited to a special dinner at Brasteds on 10 October to celebrate their achievements and the contribution they make to Norfolk life.


Helen Ivory's forthcoming readings and workshops are listed here.


The Anatomical Venus examines how women have been portrayed as ‘other’; as witches; as hysterics with wandering wombs and as beautiful corpses cast in wax, or on mortuary slabs in TV box sets.

Helen was interviewed by William Bedford for The High Window. The full conversation can be read at thehighwindowpress.com.

[30 September 2019]

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