Naomi Booth and Luke Wright victorious in the Saboteur Awards

Blog / Tom Chivers

On Friday 27 May the great and good of the indie literary scene piled into Vout-O-Reenees club in central London for the annual Saboteur Awards. We’re delighted to announce that two Penned in the Margins authors were victorious in the Saboteurs, which, unusually, are awarded by public vote. York-based novelist and academic Naomi Booth won […]

On Friday 27 May the great and good of the indie literary scene piled into Vout-O-Reenees club in central London for the annual Saboteur Awards. We’re delighted to announce that two Penned in the Margins authors were victorious in the Saboteurs, which, unusually, are awarded by public vote.

York-based novelist and academic Naomi Booth won Best Novella for her beautiful debut The Lost Art of Sinking. Booth tells the story of Esther, who is obsessed with experimenting with different ways to pass out: from snorting Daz powder at school to attempted autoasphyxiation in a serviced apartment in north London. On winning the prize, Booth said:

I’m really delighted to be part of these awards, which celebrate the interesting, bold, and madcap work that independent publishers and producers are tirelessly creating in the UK. Novellas often get overlooked in cultural discussions—being either too short, or too long, for the goldilockses of the publishing world—so it’s especially important that they’re recognised as being “just right” by the Saboteur Awards.

Celebrated performance poet Luke Wright has been making waves with his stage show, What I Learned from Johnny Bevan (published by Penned in the Margins). Already winner of a Fringe First and Stage Award for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe, this powerful political epic in verse has now won Best Spoken Word Show at the Saboteurs. Wright tweeted:

Awww. Gawd bless you guys. #JohnnyBevan won best show at #saboteur2016 – wish I could have been there. Drink up!

Thank you to everyone who voted for Naomi and Luke, and congratulations to all the winners, each of whom win a bottle of gin from Sacred Gin. The Saboteur Awards have run for five years; Penned in the Margins have been shortlisted in a range of categories, winning Most Innovative Publisher in 2013 and 2015, and Best Novella in 2012.

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