Award-winning author Sarah Hall will make a rare public appearance to read her work at Edge Hill University.

Sarah was named the winner of the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2012, along with the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize category, for her first collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference.

Despite being the author of four prizewinning novels, including The Carhullan Army and The Electric Michelangelo, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004, last year was the first time Sarah had been recognised for her debut short story collection.

Speaking about this genre, she said: “I really love writing short stories; it’s my ideal form because it can be unsettling, allows you to go into dark corners and allows you to challenge the ordinary, which is what I enjoy. It’s taken me a while to have the confidence to write this way though because I never felt I was very good at structure or shape. But winning this award shows I can do it.”

She will take to the stage at the Arts Centre on 27th February to enthral the audience with her work.

The Cumbrian writer is the author of Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize. Sarah’s four novels have already shown her to be a writer of extraordinary talents, whether in the rough magic of The Carhullan Army, about female resistance in a near-future police state, which was listed as one of The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade, or the passionate intertwined narratives of art and identity that make up the Booker-longlisted How to Paint a Dead Man, which also won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010.

Born in 1974, Sarah received a BA from Aberystwyth University, Wales, and an MLitt in Creative Writing from St Andrews, Scotland. She is an honorary fellow of Aberystwyth University and a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2007). She regularly tutors for the Faber Academy and the Arvon Foundation, and has taught creative writing in a variety of institutions in the UK and abroad.

Bookings are now being taken for the event on Wednesday 27th February, which is being hosted by Edge Hill’s Creative Writing Department. Tickets are priced at £4.50, please contact the Box Office on 01695 584480 or online at

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