Luke Bitmead Bursary

09th October 2013
Luke Bitmead Bursary

Much to my delight and surprise my novel ‘Winter Daffodils’ has been shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary – see links below for further information:

The Luke Bitmead Bursary was founded by Luke’s family, in association with Legend Press, shortly after Luke’s tragic death in 2006 at the age of just 34. Luke’s book White Summer was the first novel to be published by Legend Press and Luke was one of the UK’s most talented up-and-coming writers. Legend Press are delighted to be working with Luke’s family to ensure that Luke’s name and memory lives on. Previous winners of the award are: Andrew Blackman in 2008 for On the Holloway Road, Ruth Dugdall in 2009 for The Woman Before Me, Sophie Duffy in 2010 for The Generation Game, J.R. Crook in 2011 for Sleeping Patterns and Joanne Graham in 2012 for Lacey’s House.

Winter Daffodils

A novel set in rural mid-Wales, ‘Winter Daffodils’ is an emotional, character-led story of child abuse, adultery and murder.

A forestry worker, John Lockwood, is on his way home. He finds a young boy wandering aimlessly along an isolated track in the middle of the Cambrian Mountain range in Mid Wales. The boy doesn’t speak a word, he has bruises over his face and his clothes are ragged and torn. John takes the boy to the nearest town but before they reach town the boy, without warning, jumps from the moving van. The boy dies, the van crashes into a house, John Lockwood is thrown from the windscreen and lies unconscious in a front garden.

After he recovers, John finds himself under arrest and subsequently tried and imprisoned for the abuse and unlawful death of the child. After he is sent to jail John’s family are re-located to a different part of the country for their own protection. They are given new names and a new identity. They rebuild their life but after eight years John is released. John’s two children, Luke and Jojo, go in search for him. They want to know where their father went, why he killed a child and if they can ever truly forgive him? The children’s mother is also struggling coming to terms with her own loneliness, the mistakes she’d made marrying John all those years ago and now, an unwanted pregnancy after a brief fling with a work colleague.

When the children discover their father has been released from prison they set out alone on an emotional journey to find him but unbeknown to them they are venturing ever closer to a crooked man called Hamden Jones. Hamden Jones is the father of the dead boy. He is not a man any child, or adult, would ever want to encounter.

As the story twists and turns, the reader enters Hamden’s perverse and warped world. What follows is blend of destructiveness, grotesque love affairs and the two children’s strength of character and sense of justice.

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