A WRITER has scooped an award for her novel-in-progress.

Lucie Brownlee, of Bishop Middleham, County Durham, was named one of the winners at the Northern Writers’ Awards, in Newcastle.

Ms Brownlee's work The Song of Annie Chapman won the Northern Writers’ Awards for Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction.

She said: "This award is a huge boost to my confidence and career as a writer, and opens up exciting new avenues for my creative development.

"As a passionate Geordie, being recognised with a Northern Writers' Award is especially rewarding. I am very grateful to everyone who supports and judges the awards for investing in me and my work, and I am looking forward to the year ahead."

The annual awards, which were founded in 2010, recognised 26 winners who will each get a share of a £40,000 award fund.

The poet Imtiaz Dharker, literary agent Jonathan Ruppin, and authors Kerry Hudson and Lisa Williamson judged the 2018 awards, which had more than 1,400 entries from writers across the region.

Fore a full list of winners visit northernwritersawards.com