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Waverton spots a Costa winner

We were delighted to hear that Nathan Filer, who spoke to us in November, has just won the Costa First Novel Prize for 2013. More details on the Costa site.

Paul Torday dies

We were saddened to read of the death, on 20th December 2013, of Paul Torday - author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and winner of the 2007/08 Good Read Award.

Good Read blog

WGRA now has its very own blog! Go to wavertongoodread.wordpress.com to comment on the books you have been reading. You won't be the first.

Waverton Good Read Award's awards

Waverton Good Read Award has been recognised locally, nationally and even internationally since it was established in 2003. Some of the coverage and awards are listed below.

In 2005 the WGRA featured on the BBC Culture Show and the Today programme.

Rosie Schellenberg filming

In 2005 Gwen and Wendy were nominated and shortlisted for ITV's Local Hero Award

Wendy with her Local Heroes award
Gwen and Wendy on the set of Coronation Street

In 2005 Wendy and Gwen visited La Cadiere and Dr Dufour who founded La Prix de La Cadière, the inspiration for the Waverton Good Read Award.

Wendy and Gwen at La Cadiere
Wendy and Gwen at La Cadiere with Dr Dufour

In 2004 Gwen Goodhew and Wendy Smedley were awarded Cheshire Rural Women Awards for their work with WGRA.


In 2014 the short list was published in the Chester Chronicle.

The article in The Chester Chronicle
The end of the article in The Chester Chronicle

In 2013 Gwen and Wendy were recipients of a Brewers Fayre Local Heroes award.

Gwen and Wendy were recipients of a Brewers Fayre Local Heroes award

In November 2013 the Waverton Writes project was mentioned in the Guardian as an example of UK Kickstarter funding.

Waverton Writes mentioned in The Guardian 4th November 2013
The text

The Big Issue also wrote a piece about crowdsourced funding for Waverton Writes.

Waverton Writes mentioned in The Big Issue 11th November 2013

In 2010 WGRA was invited to represent the UK in Cuneo, Italy at a conference about debut novels. Following this, a partnership was established with a similar organisation in Chambéry, France.

In 2006 Wendy and Gwen were invited to exhibit at a Good Practice exhibition in Chester where they were awarded £250 to help with the updating of this web site.

The WGR Good Practice booklet

In 2006, Gwen and Wendy were asked to open Waverton Village Carnival!

In 2006, Gwen and Wendy were asked to open Waverton Village Carnival!
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