literary lottery winner

Last May, I was involved in an event with Zadie Smith to help raise funds for Cricklewood Library: “Free To Read, Free To Write” .

After tirelessly campaigning upon the original library being closed down by the council, Friends of Cricklewood Library secured a new premise. Our event with Zadie was, in part, to help raise some much-needed funds to kit it out.

Zadie has said she owes her “whole life to books and libraries”, and she returned to NW2, where she grew up, from New York where she now lives, to support FOCL’s efforts.

We were delighted to hear her read from “The North West London Blues”, her essay about libraries, and hold a lively Q&A thereafter.

We also held a few literary fundraisers on the night, one of which was our Literary Lottery. People were invited to submit a first chapter of a book along with their donation to Cricklewood Library fundraiser.

The lottery has now drawn to a close and I’m delighted to announce we have a lucky winner!

Congratulations to … Danielle Simpson.

It was a true lottery, not a judged competition, and Danielle’s name was chosen, at random, by Sarah earlier this week.

She has won a full evaluation of her manuscript, together with advice and a publishing plan.

My thanks to everyone who took part, for your interest in, and contribution to, our library. Your donation will be put to good use.


Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning author-publisher, advocate for independent authors and other creative entrepreneurs and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).