Joanne Clague

At home on the Manx coast
Joanne Clague is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for thirty years in print, radio and broadcast media in the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency in the middle of the Irish Sea famous for its beautifully unspoilt and rugged landscape, motorsport and the world's oldest continuous parliament.
She decided to take up novel writing in earnest three years ago and is a Curtis Brown Creative alumna. The inspiration for Joanne's historical fiction is the people and events of the city of Sheffield, where she was born and bred.
Award Category Finalist
Award Submission Title
Flying Down Blake Street
Nonagenarian war veteran Thomas Hinchcliffe has walked out on his seven decades-long marriage, sparking a family crisis. His wife Florence has just made a shocking confession and blames herself. But she doesn’t know he’s desperate to hide a long-buried secret of his own.


Mark Stibbe Judge Mon, 12/10/2020 - 16:58

Congrats Joanne, from a fellow short lister. Your premise sounds enticing. I'm looking forward to seeing your work in print. Very best wishes for next week! Mark

soiamthat Wed, 14/10/2020 - 08:33

I bet you're pleased you decided in earnest three years ago. Same time as me - many hours at the computer. Best wishes for the awards.