About the Jane Grigson Trust Award
The Jane Grigson Trust Award 2018 is open for entry!
Jane Grigson was one of the greatest food writers that Britain has produced. Her books - especially her ground-breaking Good Things, Vegetable Book and Fruit Book - are still regarded by many leading food writers and cooks as major inspirations for their work.
In honour of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jane's death, The Jane Grigson Trust launched an Award for new food and drink writers in 2015.
Jane's observation on writing, made in the last year of her life, has been a guiding principle in setting up this award:
Writing a book is for me an act of faith and folly. You have a plan of course, but you bluster about in the work, following blindly, one step after another, slogging it out in the early stages. Then suddenly you come across one thing, one reference, one passage, that explains to you why you are writing this particular book, that gives you the theme, that shows you the way. You have in a sense to earn this discovery. It is a reward.
Literary prizes are usually given for newly published works or for books already on sale. The Jane Grigson Trust Award is, however, given to a promising new writer ahead of publication in order to help them discover 'one thing, one reference, one passage... that gives you the theme, that shows you the way'.
The £2000 award is made to a writer new to food and drink writing (although they may have written on other subjects) who has already received a commission from a publishing house but whose book has not yet been published. In the spirit of Jane, the Award is for a non-fiction book on food and drink in the widest sense - so it could be a cook book, memoir, travel, history or anything else for that matter, so long as the primary subject is food or drink.
The Jane Grigson Trust intends that the writer will use the Award for further travel/research to deepen their knowledge of their chosen subject in the vital time between gaining a commission and delivery of the script.
Rules of entry
The judges for the 2018 Award are:
Geraldene Holt (author, chair of the Jane Grigson Trust); Professor Linda Challis (Board director, University of Cumbria; Trustee of the JGT); Lucy Hambridge (Jane Grigson's niece; Trustee of the JGT); Sheila Dillon (presenter of Radio 4's The Food Programme); Shaun Hill (food writer and chef, The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny)
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2017 was:
Vicky Hayward: The New Art of Cookery: A Spanish Friar’s Kitchen Notebook
Drawing on her deep knowledge of Spanish culture, Vicky Hayward gives a modern retelling of an eighteenth-century classic cookbook, including fresh, simple and surprisingly easy to make recipes.
(To be published by Rowman & Littlefield in the UK in September 2017)
Vicky said of winning the Award: 'My heartfelt thanks go to the Trust for the 2017 Award; it has drawn me back to Jane's scholarly, inclusive, independent writing and, in so doing, it has given me inspiration for the years to come.'
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2016 was:
Alex Andreou: The Magic Bay Leaf
In an evocative mix of memoir and recipes, Alex Andreou writes about the food of the Greek islands
(To be published by Chatto & Windus in spring 2018)
Alex said of winning the Award: 'At precisely the point when the project looked far too titanic to tackle, when I had begun to doubt myself - as every writer must - the Jane Grigson Trust Award put the wind back in my sails. It gave me the boost, focus and breathing space to break through my barriers. I will be ever grateful for Jane Grigson's vision and the Trust's faith.'