East Anglian Book Award 2023

36 Hours has been shortlisted for the 2023 East Anglian Book Award in the Biography and Memoir category. Now in their sixteenth year, the awards celebrate writing talent within the East of England. The East Anglian Book Awards are a partnership between Jarrolds, the Eastern Daily Press, and the National Centre for Writing, supported by UEA Faculty of Arts & Humanities. The awards celebrate the very best of publishing, writing, and reading in the region. Category winners will be announced in January 2024 and the overall winner in February 2024.

Congratulations to all shortlisted authors.

Handle With Care: Roopa Farooki and Fiona Mason

On Friday 26th May 2023, I joined fellow author and junior doctor Roopa Farooki (Everything is True) at Dragon Hall, Norwich, for the National Centre for Writing City of Literature Weekend for Norfolk and Norwich Festival. We discussed how books can help to address difficult conversations around life, death and grief and how memoir can reframe delicate discussions and help others to find a voice.

A Q&A session followed with lively and poignant input from the audience.

Events such as these help bring 36 Hours to a wider audience, to encourage more open conversations about death and dying. The intention is not to be morbid, but, as attributed to Marie Curie, ‘to understand more that we may fear less’.