October 16, 2012, by Alison Moore
Alison Moore & The Man Booker Prize
Back in May, fellow author Megan Taylor and I gave a talk at the University of Nottingham called ‘From First Draft to Publication’. I talked about my debut novel The Lighthouse, the first copies of which had just been printed. One of the things I spoke about was the fact that my publishers, Salt, had entered my novel for the Man Booker Prize, ‘which might be wishful thinking,’ I said, ‘but is exciting nonetheless.’ Three months later, The Lighthouse appeared on the longlist – that was quite a moment, and I’m not sure it had quite sunk in before the shortlist was announced in September.
I’m also honoured to have been offered an Honorary Lectureship at the University of Nottingham. I’m looking forward to being there on Tuesday 23 October for what will be my first engagement at the University since accepting this title. I’ll be talking about writing The Lighthouse, my experience of publication, and my adventures in Man Booker Land.