Civi Service Retiree Wins Prestigious Book Award

David Hay, author of The Wisdom and the Wise

David Hay from Stockton-on-Tees has been announced as the winner of the Page Turner Awards eBook Fiction Award for his contemporary humour novel, The Wisdom of the Wise.

David entered the Page Turner Awards, where published and unpublished fiction and non-fiction writers of all genres can enter their writing to get discovered by high-profile judges from the literary world.

The Wisdom of the Wise is a feel-good story of intrigue and scandal in a northern village, told with gentle humour.

The Wisdom of the Wise was inspired by the 1970's BBC comedy series 'Clochemerle' which was based on the novel by French author Gabriel Chevallier. The series, which depicted the uproarious public commotion caused by a small-scale event viz the erection of a gentleman's urinal in a remote village, was very successful. Living in a village on the outskirts of Stockton-on- Tees, David could easily imagine how such small events can escalate into major crises.

David was born in the north-east, where he has lived all his life. As the retired head of the north-east regional resilience team, and former chief emergency planning officer for Cleveland, he is well versed in the world of crises and emergencies, though his novel deals with a crisis of a “gentler” nature.

David said, “Writing awards encourage new and aspiring writers to develop their writing skills in a most enjoyable and non-threatening manner. Winning is be the icing on the cake and has inspired me to keep writing.”

The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, gives writers and authors the chance to enter unpublished or published fiction and non-fiction books, where a group of literary agents and publishers will read the work.

Judges are carefully selected literary agents and publishers who are looking for writers to represent and publish, plus influencers in the publishing industry.

Founder of Page Turner Awards and award-winning novelist, Paula Wynne said: “There are writers from all walks of life, from manual labourers to academics. All with stories to tell, most of them heart-warming and moving. We’re proud that our Awards celebrates excellent writing and helps writers and authors to get their stories discovered.”

Read more about David and his book.

Success stories from this year’s awards include three writers winning literary representation, six writers winning a writing mentorship, five writers winning a publishing contract and thirteen independent authors winning an audiobook production.

Find out more about The Page Turner Awards: Submissions for 2021 will open on the 1st of January 2021.

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