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Morley Prize Podcast

Abi Dare

Morley Prize Podcast

Series 2 Episode 2: Abi Dare


This month marks the launch of the Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour 2022. In our debut year last year, we received just over 70 submissions of manuscripts of fiction. This year, we’ve expanded the Prize to include non-fiction.


In this podcast, Abi Daré, author of The Girl With the Louding Voice, comes into the studio to talk to Florence about her debut novel, which featured on Sara Cox’s BBC 2 programme Between the Covers. She reveals her longstanding love of storytelling and gives an insight into the routines involved in developing the craft of creative writing.


Our series of podcasts accompanying the Prize this year showcases a wide range of writers, not only in terms of the content and form of their work (from memoir to novel) but also their writing journey (from self-taught to professionally trained). It’s heartening to know that people from a myriad of backgrounds can become published writers and appeal to an increasingly wide readership with an increasingly diverse appetite for literature.


The Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour is a new annual prize jointly presented by Morley College London and the Rachel Mills Literary Agency, awarded to a previously unpublished aspiring author of colour.


The prize is intended to nurture and provide opportunities for aspiring novelists of colour, promote diverse fiction across the broader literary landscape of Britain and continue Morley College’s long history of educational excellence, community engagement, and support for social justice.