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2021 Prize Winner - Finlay Taylor

READ ‘Madame Blini’s Disdain’ online or LISTEN to it in audio format (produced by The Story Player, read by Gavin Bruce)

Finlay Taylor, from South London, was selected from 755 entries from writers all over the world as the winner of the Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing 2021.

Finlay’s short story, ‘Madame Blini’s Disdain’, was chosen by Prize founder Jeremy Mogford, and guest judges; gifted playwright, broadcaster and poet Lemn Sissay OBE, and talented crime and thriller writer Mick Herron.

The very worthy runners-up to this year’s prize were; Scotland born writer Lorna Fergusson, who now lives in Oxford, for ‘Mrs Esslemont’s Tea’; Jessica E Sinyard, a screenwriter working in film, television, and videogames, for ‘Black Coffee’; and IP lawyer Emma Teichmann for ‘An Acquired Taste’.

Scroll down to read a short bio on this year's winner...
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Background...

Finlay Taylor is a professional stand-up comedian – at least, he was when that was a thing! Feeling an increasing pull towards fiction, and with live comedy in deep freeze during the pandemic, he began writing in April 2020.

Having grown up in Oxfordshire, he remembers the Old Bank – the hotel his Scottish granny would stay in when she came to visit. He now lives in South London where he is currently working on a comic novel. Finlay is yet to be published, and while itching to return to the road, writing prose has been a salvation during a year of dark stages; he intends to stick at it, regardless of if/when his old world returns.

More details about Finlay can be found here on his website…

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