Jill Dawson

Novelist

Jill Dawson is an acclaimed novelist, poet and anthologist. She won an Eric Gregory award for poetry in 1992 and several short-story competitions. She compiled six anthologies including the bestselling Virago Book of Wicked Verse before choosing to concentrate on writing fiction.

Her nine novels are: Trick of the LightMagpieFred & EdieWild BoyWatch Me DisappearThe Great LoverLucky Bunny and The Tell-Tale Heart, all published by Sceptre. The Great Lover was a Richard and Judy summer read; Fred & Edie was shortlisted for the Orange prize and the Whitbread novel award; Watch Me Disappear was longlisted for the Orange prize; Lucky Bunny won a Fiction Uncovered award. The Tell-Tale Heart was nominated for the Folio prize, and her latest The Crime Writer, about Patricia Highsmith, won The East Anglian Book of the Year and is short-listed for the New Angles Prize.

After her RLF fellowship in 2001, she became the creative-writing fellow at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and taught on the MA programme. Jill also teaches creative writing for EA/Guardian masterclasses and the Faber Academy. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University.  Currently she runs a mentoring scheme called Gold Dust, which matches established writers (many of them ex-RLF fellows) with new authors wishing to work on a novel or memoir and has helped to publication many new writers.

Jill – known to her friends as Ruby Dawson – has been the Chair of the Advisory Fellows for the RLF for twelve years, and chairs the annual induction day for new Fellows.

Jill Dawson

Fellowships

University of East Anglia 2000/01