Author’s national awards ‘hat-trick’

Ben Myers
Ben Myers

Hebden Bridge author Ben Myers has scooped his third national literary awards over the past 12 months, on the eve of the launch of his fourth novel.

Ben, who is published by Hebden Bridge based publisher Bluemoose Books, has won the Society of Authors 2014 Tom Gallon Prize for his short story “The Folk Song, Singer.”

It follows on from him winning the Northern Writers’ Award in 2013, and the Bluemoose published Pig Iron winning the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize, also in 2013.

Bluemoose published Ben’s fourth novel Beastings last Thursday, which is described as involving a girl and a baby, and a priest and a poacher, in a “savage pursuit through the landscape of a changing rural England.”

Bluemoose says the story is: “Like an American Southern Gothic tale set against the violent beauty of Northern England, Beastings is a sparse and poetic novel about morality, motherhood and corruption.”

There is some music to match, with “Call Of The Wild”, some of the music Ben says influenced his novel, available to hear via

Ben will be signing copies of Beastings at The Bookcase, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, this Saturday, July 12, between 3pm and 5pm. Find out more about author at or publisher at