Life Writing Prize 2020 Readings

Special Feature

Spread the Word is thrilled to bring you video and audio readings from the Life Writing Prize 2020 longlist.

The writers have been selected to be in the top 12 from nearly 900 entries from new and emerging writers across the UK. The Prize judges this year are Sathnam Sanghera, Kerry Hudson and Nell Stevens. The results will be announced on Wednesday 3 June via the Spread the Word website.

Video readings

Lorelei Goulding reads from Birdie
Josh Holton reads from Death and Birdwatching
Joanna Brown reads from Birds can be heard singing through open windows
Laurane Marchive reads from For the Flesh is Sour
Maxine Davies reads from Dad’s Home
Nicky Watkinson reads from This is a story about friendship
Elena Croitoru reads from On Sigma-Algebras

Audio readings

SR Shah reads from Mink Lashes 
Stephen Crawley reads from Down Ashton 
Sue Hann reads from Palingenesis


To read more about the Life Writing Prize, head to: or follow #LifeWritingPrize on social media. 

Note: Two more writers longlisted but not featured in our readings are Carla Montemayor for North of the River and Ruby Eastwood for The Spoon Garden. All twelve longlisted writers feature in the Life Writing Prize 2020 anthology, which will be available to download for free from Spread the Word’s website from 3 June.

Published 27 May 2020