After studying English and Theatre Studies at Leeds University, Amy Sackville went on to further study at Exeter College Oxford; an MPhil in English, specialising in Modernism. She spent two years in publishing before focusing on her own career in fiction writing, completing an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths and writing a number of short stories included in various anthologies. Her first novel, The Still Point (2010), is praised by many as an exceptional debut. It is set in a single hot summer’s day, following one individual’s search through her own family. In 2013 Sackville published Orkney.
Amy Sackville’s The Still Point was in the running for our inaugural Readers’ First Book Award in 2010. Each year, every one of the debut novels, novellas and short story collections appearing in our adult programme is entered into our First Book Award, and the winner is chosen by a public vote enabling readers to champion new fiction by voting for their favourite. Details of which authors are in the running for the award each year are announced here on our website when the Book Festival programme is launched in June.