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Cressida Downing, winner of the Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction, with author LJ Ross. The winner of the inaugural Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction has been announced. Cressida Downing impressed judges with her work, The Roll Bearer’s Daughter, which is set on Holy Island at the turn of the 15th century. The Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction was launched at the beginning of this year by bestselling crime author LJ Ross in a bid to find and encourage new literary talent, as well as celebrating the North East. Named after the place which inspired LJ Ross’ own first novel, the prize was open to unpublished writers either from, or whose work celebrated, the North East. After being overwhelmed by the response to the first Lindisfarne Prize, LJ Ross, along with a panel of industry experts, narrowed down the pool to a shortlist of four. Now Cressida has been announced as the winner of the £2,500 cash prize to support the completion of her work, as well as free editorial and mentoring from Cheshire Cat Books and the funding towards various industry memberships. Cressida was announced as the winner of the prize at a packed-out ceremony held [...]

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