Local writer Emma Timpany has been shortlisted for a prestigious local writing prize with her novel set in the wilds of New Zealand.

Having been chosen from more than seventy original entries, Travelling in the Dark was first published in July 2018 and tells the story of a woman coming to terms with her past.

Emma said, ‘I am delighted that Travelling in the Dark has been shortlisted for the final stage of this prize. Recognition of this kind is a great encouragement to keep writing my next novel and short story collection. I look forward to meeting all those involved at the prize-giving.’

Paul Atterbury, co-director of the Dorchester Literary Festival said, ‘This year’s books are particularly timely, with their themes of identity and acceptance. And we were delighted to note that, coincidentally, all four finalists are women. Our thanks go to our local judges and everyone who took the time to enter the competition originally.’

The books will now be read by a leading literary agent and publisher and the winner will be announced on 18th July 2019 at an event hosted by Hall & Woodhouse at the Duchess of Cornwall in Poundbury, Dorchester. Best-selling author, Minette Walters will be the guest of honour, presenting the £1000 prize.