Historic House Association short story competition

The Property of a Gentleman Catherine GaskinCorazon Books has announced the winner and runners up of the Historic House Short Story Competition, in association with the Historic Houses Association. Writers were invited to submit a short story which was either inspired by or set in a historic house.

The competition was run to celebrate the publication of the The Property of a Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin. This modern classic by the bestselling “Queen of Storytellers” is a tale of intrigue, mystery and romance, set in a fictional earl’s ancestral home, in the dramatic landscape of England’s Lake District, and has recently become a top bestseller for the second time!


Sunday in the Park with the Vampire by Kathryn Burke

Kathryn and a guest will be treated to a private tour and afternoon tea with the owners of Levens Hall in Cumbria. She will also receive a cash prize of £150, and a double Friends membership for the Historic Houses Association.

Runners Up

Trompy Thing by Jan Halstead

The Conqueror Worm by Stephen Edwards

Jan and Stephen will each receive a double Friends membership to the Historic Houses Association.

Also on the shortlist, and highly commended:

The Wilful Recalcitrance of Stone by James Rose

The Spark by Natalie Emma McConville

The Fig Tree by Melanie Whipman

Where The Mulberry Tree Stood by Jo Roberts

Whispers by Jasmina Svenne

The Yorkshire Defiance by Elizabeth Hopkinson

Shh by Pauline Clooney

Susie Bagot of Levens Hall says: “The Bagot family is very pleased to be associated with the Historic House Short Story Competition and looks forward to welcoming the winner to Levens Hall and telling them the story of this fascinating ancient house and garden.”

About The Historic Houses Association
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents around 1500 privately-owned properties throughout the UK, from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Highclere Castle to smaller manor houses such as Traquair House in Scotland and Fonmon Castle in Wales.

Around 500 of these properties open to the public in some capacity and welcome 13 million visitors each year. Each property plays a part in enriching our national culture and informing our knowledge of history and our sense of place. However, maintaining these properties can be daunting. As the representative body of Britain’s private heritage, the HHA plays three main roles: to support and advise member properties; to lobby the government on their behalf; and to promote the opening and other services offered by member houses to the public. www.hha.org.uk

About Levens Hall
Elizabethan Levens Hall and the famous topiary garden, reputedly the oldest in the world, have inspired many creative writers over the last three hundred years.  The Hall and Gardens are open from April to October welcoming thousands of visitors each year, and further background and full opening details can be found at www.levenshall.co.uk

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