UEL professor wins prestigious British Library prize

PUBLISHED: 12:52 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 24 November 2017

Professor Tessa McWatt

Professor Tessa McWatt

University of East London

University of East London (UEL) creative writing professor Tessa McWatt has won the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.

The award is granted to two receipients each year to promote awareness and use of the North American collections at the British Library

Prof McWatt will receive £20,000 and the use of the British Library’s collections to research her upcoming memoir Porous: A memoir of race and stories.

The book will explore the author’s hybridity of her racial and cultural heritage, using the library’s resources to trace her own heritage.

She will then use the factual context to create mythical family tales weaving in DNA from Britain, Europe, Africa, India, China and the indigenous people of British Guiana.

Prof McWatt said: “I’m deeply honoured and very excited to get started to use the Eccles collection.”

The author of six novels and two books for young people shares her 2018 award with east London writer Stuart Evers.

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