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AXMINSTER: Debut author wins Guardian prize

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Axminster resident Tom Moran is the first winner of The Guardian and Legend Press’s new, monthly prize for self-published writers. His debut novel, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers, won the June award. A panel of expert judges, including literary agent Andrew Lownie and Legend Press commissioning editor Lauren Parsons were so impressed with the comic fantasy that they declared the Axminster author June’s winner. Mr Moran said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be the first ever winner of this award. “It’s great having my work in the spotlight and I’m delighted that my stories will now be shared and enjoyed with even more readers around the world. “The novel itself is the first part of a trilogy and I’m very much looking forward to releasing the next installment.” He grew up near Membury and moved to Axminster with his wife Jemma last year after eight years in Norwich. Mr Moran studied at University of East Anglia and received a first class degree for scriptwriting and performance. He is also the creator of critically-acclaimed stage play Writer’s Block. His brother Bob is a cartoonist at The Daily Telegraph and provided the cover illustration for his book.

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