Costa names Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore 2017 Book of the Year

London, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore has been named winner of the 2017 Costa Book of the Year. The collection, Dunmore’s tenth, explores the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both, and includes her final poem, ‘Hold out your arms’, written shortly before her death in June 2017, aged 64.

Dunmore is the second writer to take the overall prize posthumously in the Award’s 46-year history. Ted Hughes posthumously won the Poetry Award and Book of the Year in 1998 for Birthday Letters.

The announcement was made this evening (Tuesday 30th January) at an awards ceremony held at Quaglino’s in central London where Dunmore’s son, Patrick Charnley, accepted a cheque for £30,000, from Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa.

Wendy Holden, Chair of the final judges, said: “We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life-affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us.”

Holden chaired a final judging panel that included Contributing Editor to British Vogue, Laura Bailey; author and presenter, Fern Britton; actor Art Malik; BBC presenter and journalist Sophie Raworth; writers Piers Torday, Freya North and Simon Garfield; and poet Moniza Alvi.

Inside the Wave, published by Bloodaxe Books, is the eighth collection of poetry to take the overall prize. Poetry has a strong record in the Costa Book Awards, often winning the overall prize several times in a row. Most recently, Christopher Reid won in 2009 with A Scattering, followed by Jo Shapcott with Of Mutabilitya year later in 2010. The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, the first novelist ever to win the Book of the Year twice.

Inside the Wave beat the bookmakers’ favourite, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by bestselling debut novelist Gail Honeyman, family memoir, In the Days of Rain by author and academic Rebecca Stott, Reservoir 13 by novelist Jon McGregor and The Explorer by children’s author Katherine Rundell for to win the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s most prestigious book prize in 2006. 2017 marks the 46th year of the Book Awards.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won twelve times by a novel, five times by a first novel, six times by a biography, eight times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book.

Luan Goldie wins 2017 Costa Short Story Award

Also announced at the ceremony was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Primary school teacher and former business journalist, Luan Goldie from Newham in East London, won the public vote and £3,500 for her story, Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns. Two runners-up, civil servant Chris Hunter from Teddington in South-West London and poet and short story writer, Frances Ainslie from Dunblane, Perthshire, received £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Established in 2012, this Award – run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system – is judged anonymously (ie without the name of the author being known throughout the process). It is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over, and is open to both published and unpublished writers.

A shortlist of three stories was selected by a panel of judges – Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, Simon Trewin and Kit de Waal – and then made available on the Costa Book Awards website for the public to download and vote for their favourite. Costa Managing Director, Dominic Paul, announced the winner and runners-up and presented them with their cheques.

For more information please visit www.costabookawards.com.

Notes for Editors:

About the Costa Book Awards:

The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 to encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.

The total prize fund for the Costa Book Awards – including the Costa Short Story Award – stands at £60,000.

The award winners from the five categories – Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – each receives £5,000.

The overall Costa Book of the Year is selected from the five category Award winners with the winner receiving a further £30,000.

The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber).

For further information, please contact:

Amanda Johnson
Costa Book Awards Press and Publicity
Telephone: 07715 922 180
Email: amanda@amandajohnsonpr.com

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Costa launches exciting new food menu

Costa launches exciting new food menu

Dunstable, UK, 2017-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the days grow shorter and autumn approaches, Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop is today announcing the launch of an exciting new food menu – including a selection of hot offerings.

Landing in stores from Thursday 7 September, the new menu offers customers more choice than ever before with hearty meal boxes, delicious and filling wraps and lighter options including warming soups. The sweet range has also extended its offerings to include a sumptuous selection of cakes, tarts and muffins.

MEAL BOXES AND WRAPS – from £3.75 each

Customers looking for a substantial lunch can select from one of Costa’s new delicious hot pasta meal boxes. The Italian Style Meatball Pasta is a meat lover’s dream, while the vegetarian Creamy Mac and Cheese is topped with a delectable parsley crumb finish. Brits who prefer a more traditional lunch can delve into one of Costa’s heavenly new wraps. The Hoisin Duck Wrap and the gluten free Chicken Caesar Wrap both contain British meat.

SOUPS – £2.99 each

Soup fans will rejoice as Costa introduces two delicious flavours to its menu for the first time across the UK. The British Pea & Wiltshire Ham Soup is perfect for a tasty warmer, while the Slow Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup, a vegan option, contains two of your five a day.

SWEET TREATS – from £1.20 each

It’s not all about the savoury options though, and Costa certainly hasn’t forgotten customers with a sweet tooth. Cakesplosion! has layers of sticky toffee cake baked with hidden chocolate brownie bites, topped and layered with dulche de leche flavoured frosting and oozy caramel drizzle. It doesn’t stop there though, as it is finished with chocolate brownie crumb, salted caramel crispies and crowned with yet more chocolate brownie bites.

The Spooky Choc O Crunch, a frighteningly festive ring of crispy rice bound in caramel and topped with edible iced bats, while the new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble Tart, served either cold or warm with clotted cream, is a classic dessert option.

Matthew Williams, commercial marketing director at Costa said: “We’re delighted to introduce an extended food menu to our stores from this September. We’re committed to providing our customers with the best experience when they visit our stores, and based on their feedback, we’ve been working with our innovations teams to develop products which we know they’ll enjoy. These additions give customers even more choice and are the perfect update to our ever-evolving menu of innovative food and drink options to complement our great tasting coffee.”

The Costa September menu arrives in stores throughout the UK from 7th September 2017. To view the full menu please visit www.costa.co.uk.

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Samples and high-resolution images are available upon request. For more information please contact the Costa press office on 020 3196 9668 or at Costateam@onegreenbean.com

Full list of September food menu products includes:

Savoury Items

  • •Slow Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup – £2.99 NEW!
  • •British Pea & Wiltshire Ham Soup – £2.99 NEW!
  • •Creamy Mac & Cheese – £3.99 NEW!
  • •Italian Style Meatball Pasta – £3.99 NEW!
  • •Hoisin Duck Wrap – £3.85 NEW!
  • •Chicken Caesar Wrap – £3.75 NEW!

Sweet Items

  • •Costa Mocha Truffle – £1.20 NEW!
  • •Raspberry & Almond Bake – £1.95
  • •Cakesplosion! – £2.95 NEW!
  • •Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble Tart – £2.15 NEW!
  • •Bramely Apple & Blackberry Crumble Tart warm with clotted cream – £2.50 NEW!
  • •Spooky Choc O Crunch – £1.95 NEW!
  • •Gingerbread Muffin – £1.95
  • •Blueberry Muffin – £1.95
  • •Lindt Balls exclusive to Costa – £0.45 each NEW!
  • •Kiddylicious Strawberry Fruit Wiggles – £1.00 NEW!
  • •9NINE Breakfast Almond & Raspberry Bar – £1.35 NEW!

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 31 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

SOURCE:  Costa

MEDIA CONTACT

Penny Mairoudhiou
UK & Ireland PR Manager
Please contact with any UK press enquiries relating to Costa Coffee
penny.mairoudhiou@whitbread.com
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Costa unveils its latest menu innovation — the Costa Cold Brew

  • Costa Cold Brew launched across selected stores as the nation’s favourite coffee shop launches a new coffee innovation
  • Premium Costa Cold Brew is crafted and then steeped over 20 hours in-store for a smooth, rich flavour experience

London, 2017-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Introducing Costa Cold Brew; the latest menu innovation bolstering the coffee brand’s resolve to inspire the world to love great coffee. The smooth, refreshing drink is made from a carefully selected single-origin Colombian blend designed for a rich and balanced flavour profile. Brewed in-store for 20 hours to bring out the coffee’s natural sweetness, this delicious, hand-crafted coffee experience is sure to excite coffee lovers looking to try something new.

Costa Cold Brew is brewed in-store by baristas for 20 hours before being served over ice to deliver a refreshing taste, complemented by a smooth and light texture. The absence of heat during the alternative slow brewing process reduces the acidity sometimes found in coffee, ensuring a sweeter, more nuanced flavour profile which could include fruit, nuts or even chocolate.

A range of premium flavours are also available, each designed to enhance the taste profile of the slow brewed, single-origin blend – making it an exciting choice no matter the drinker’s coffee preference. The flavour options include vanilla or caramel and the drink is available in Pure Black or with milk (whole, skimmed and soya milk options are available).

The delicious new option is not only a new way to experience coffee that’s big on taste, but contains just two calories per serving*; the perfect summer refreshment.

Costa Cold Brew will roll out across 200 selected stores in London from May, as well as in several markets globally throughout the year, as Costa continues to spearhead coffee innovation across the world.

Kirstey Elston, Head of Marketing at Costa Coffee, commented: “As the nation’s love for coffee continues to grow, we are consistently looking to expand our offering by providing our customers with new and exciting innovations. Costa Cold Brew combines a carefully selected Colombian blend with expert craftsmanship in an alternative 20 hour brewing process for a deliciously smooth and refreshing coffee experience to tempt coffee-lovers everywhere.”

*Nutritional information based on Pure Black Cold Brew. Please see www.costa.co.uk for further information.

About Costa

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

www.costa.co.uk

Source: Costa

Costa launches exciting new summer drinks range

London, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the warmer weather inches closer, Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, unveils its exciting new summer drinks range, landing in stores nationwide today. The offering is Costa’s biggest and boldest summer selection yet. With the return of cool favourites as well as fresh new additions, there will be something on offer for everyone throughout the predictably unpredictable Great British summer weather.

Customers can choose from iced coffees; creamy ‘Frostinos’; iced teas; and fruity smoothies or stick to their favourite hot coffee. There’s a drink for every occasion, come rain or shine.

For fruit fans looking for a fresh twist on a standard smoothie, the summer menu includes three brand new Superday Smoothies, packed with real fruit. The scrumptious Strawberry & Banana, Passionfruit, Mango & Peach and Banana, Spinach, Pineapple & Mango Smoothies are delicious and healthy drinks that each contain one of your five a day.

Brits can also choose to quench their thirst on a summer scorcher with refreshing options including a tangy Raspberry Lemonade. Perfect for calorie conscious customers, the Peach Iced Tea is a light, fruity tea, served over ice with a sweet, peach-flavoured sauce.

For those looking for something creamy, Costa’s incredible Frostinos are a delicious treat to satisfy a sweet tooth. Chocoholics will not be disappointed with the scrumptious all new Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha Frostino. The delectable Coffee Banoffee Frostino blends banana with espresso, milk and ice, before being topped off with a caramel sauce drizzle, cream and caramel fudge pieces. For those looking for a boost, the Coffee Frostino and Caramel Latte Frostino are a mouth-watering alternative.

Bold Brits who prefer their coffee fix without the heat, can choose from a new range of Costa Iced Coffees. Coffee lovers can try iced versions of every classic, including the bold Latte Over Ice or super cool Iced Cortado.

Kirstey Elston, Head of Marketing at Costa said: “We’re excited to bring our customers our biggest and best summer range yet. We’re celebrating the fabulously fluctuating and oh-so-British summer with a range to suit every occasion this season. We know that some customers look for something fruity and refreshing, others love our rich and creamy Frostinos and some want to stick with their favourite hot coffee. Whatever the British summer has in store for our customers, we’ll have a drink that’s bursting with flavour and sure to hit the spot.”

As well as the new drinks range, the refreshed menu includes Costa’s a new variety of breakfast options including , the new and improved Bacon Roll, delicious toast selection including fancy fruit toast and multiseed toast and tasty Toasted Fruit Cake so customers can start the day right.

The Costa summer and breakfast menus arrive in stores throughout the UK from 4 May 2017 and can be viewed via www.costa.co.uk.

Iced Coffees

  • Iced Cortado – £2.25
  • Iced Caramel Cortado – £2.35
  • Iced Mocha Cortado – £2.35
  • Iced Espresso – £1.70
  • Iced Americano – £2.00
  • Iced Latte – £2.35
  • Iced Cappuccino – £2.35
  • Iced Specialty Latte – £2.80
  • Iced Mocha Latte – £2.80
  • Iced Mocha – £2.70
  • Iced Chai Latte – £2.90
  • Iced Chocolate – £2.60

Poured Over Ice

  • Peach Iced Tea – £2.60
  • Raspberry Lemonade – £2.60
  • Fresh Lemonade – £2.60

Fruit Coolers

  • Cherry & Orange – £2.95
  • Mango & Passionfruit – £2.95
  • Tropical Fruit – £2.95
  • Blackberry & Raspberry – £2.95

Creamy Frostinos

  • Strawberries & Cream – £3.50
  • Belgian Chocolate – £3.50
  • Mint Choc Chip – £3.50
  • Coffee Banoffee – £3.50
  • Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha – £3.50
  • Caramel Fudge – £3.50

Coffee Frostinos

  • Caramel Latte – £3.25
  • Coffee – £3.05

Superday Smoothies

  • Passionfruit, Mango & Peach – £3.50
  • Spinach, Pineapple, Mango & Banana – £3.50
  • Strawberry & Banana – £3.50
  • Coffee, Oats & Banana – £3.50

About Costa

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

www.costa.co.uk

Source: Costa

Costa launches its nationwide cup recycling scheme – promising to recycle ‘any cup’

  • Recycling scheme launches in over 2,000 Costa owned stores nationwide
  • Costa also announces 25p off customer incentive each time customers uses a recyclable cup in store
  • New reusable cups available in-store from April, 2017 

London, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a bid to ensure cup recyclability stays centre stage in 2017, Costa is today officially launching its much anticipated nationwide cup recycling scheme – promising to recycle ‘any cup’. Continuing to explore new ways of investing in and tackling recyclability, the UK’s favourite coffee shop will launch a number of new initiatives in the first quarter of 2017.

Aiming to increase the number of takeaway cups recovered and recycled across the country, customers will be encouraged to partake in a new recycling scheme in stores now. The scheme, available in over 2,000 Costa stores nationwide*, aims to recover and guarantee the recycling of any paper takeaway cup – from Costa or any of its competitors.

Once deposited at a Costa store, the cups will be collected by Costa team members and stored in cup racks, back of house. Costa will then work alongside its waste partner, Veolia, to transport them to specialist waste processing plants. The scheme, which is the first of its kind amongst coffee shop retailers, follows a successful trial which took place across over 45 stores in London and Manchester, during 2016.

In addition to today’s launch, Costa now offers 25p off a handcrafted hot or cold drink*** when using a reusable cup at Costa or franchised owned store.

Finally, Costa will introduce two new, multipurpose, reusable cups** (available to purchase in stores in April, 2017). .

*Not currently including Ireland or the Channel Islands

**Costa Reusable Red Cup (£3) and Costa Foundation Travel Mug (£9.95) – £1 from every Costa Foundation Travel mug will be donated to the Costa Foundation. Products will be available from April in both equity and partner stores.

*** T&Cs for 25p incentive

  • 1. Costa will offer a discount of 25p on the price of any barista served drink purchased using a reusable cup in participating UK Costa stores (excluding Northern Ireland). For a full list of non-participating stores (which includes all Costa Proud to Serve Outlets) please see costa.co.uk/terms.
  • 2. Offer excludes any pre-bottled beverage.
  • 3. Costa Coffee Club members will receive Coffee Club points reflecting the discounted price of their purchase.
  • 4. Only reusable cups that are clean, of an appropriate size for the purchased drink and with a secure lid will be accepted. The store manager’s decision as to the acceptability of any cup will be final.
  • 5. Costa reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time without prior notice.

Notes to editors

Costa is conducting independent research with Sheffield University to further investigate cup recyclability. Research results to be shared Q1/Q2

Cup Innovation

Costa is working in conjunction with several environmentally friendly packaging companies, including our long term partner Huhtamaki, as well as Delipac, Frugalpac and reCUP. We will shortly begin investigating manufacturing processes and test materials for a potential new takeaway cup. Research is currently limited to out of store testing only.

About Costa

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & December 2016).

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,280 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. As part of our commitment to look after coffee farm communities we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, the Costa Foundation has funded 69 school building project to help improve the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities. The Costa Foundation has a target to build 100 schools by 2020. We also source 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee and were the first coffee chain in the UK to use sustainably grown beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Costa is committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to be a signatory of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge which started in 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its annual Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

For more information:
Esme Knight
Communications Manager
Email: Esme.Knight@whitbread.com

Source: Costa

Costa encourages customers to return their takeaway cups in a nationwide recycling scheme across over 2,000 stores

London, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa is launching a nationwide recycling scheme across over 2,000 stores in order to recover and guarantee the recycling of its takeaway cups. Competitor takeaway cups will also be accepted by Costa in order to increase the number of cups recycled across the country.

Customers will be encouraged to leave or return their takeaway cups to a Costa store where they will be collected by Costa team members and stored back of house on a cup rack. Costa will then work with their waste partner, Veolia, to transport them to specialist waste processing plants which have the capability to recycle takeaway coffee cups.

Following a successful trial in over 45 stores across London and Manchester, Costa is rolling out the recycling racks at the end of January 2017 with a clear message of ‘we recycle any paper takeaway cup, no matter what brand’.

Jason Cotta, Managing Director of Costa UK&I, said:

“As the UK’s largest coffee shop brand, with stores up and down the country, we want to make it as easy as possible for the public to recycle their used coffee cups. Our research in Manchester and London shows around 40 cups per day are left in stores, which means we have the potential to recycle 30 million Costa cups a year. What’s more, the fact that we will accept competitors’ cups means we could significantly increase that figure. This will not be a trial. This is going to be business as usual.”

In addition to this Costa is funding research at Sheffield University into cup recyclability and currently donates 25p to litter charities every time a customer uses a reusable cup in a Costa store.

Jason Cotta continues:

“We are committed to taking a lead and, like many others, we are working hard to find a cup that can be recycled anywhere. Whilst there is more work to do in partnership with the wider industry, we are excited to see the impact our new in-store recycling offer will have and hope it is embraced by everyone – by our customers and by those who buy their coffee elsewhere.”

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With 2000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest- growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

Source: Costa

Costa announces shortlists for the 2016 Costa Book Awards

Costa announces shortlists for the 2016 Costa Book Awards
Costa announces shortlists for the 2016 Costa Book Awards

 

  • Three previous Costa/Whitbread Award winners feature in the Novel Award category: Maggie O’Farrell, Rose Tremain and Sebastian Barry, whose book The Secret Scripture was named 2008 Costa Book of the Year, together with Sarah Perry for The Essex Serpent
  • The First Novel Award category includes former competitive figure skater, Susan Beale alongside Kit de Waal, Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford
  • The all-female Poetry Award shortlist includes nominations for rapper, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Alice Oswald and Denise Riley
  • A memoir by former Smash Hits pop journalist and music writer, Sylvia Patterson, features on the Biography Award shortlist alongside books by Hisham Matar, Keggie Carew and the world-leading authority on the Tudors, John Guy
  • Children’s Book Award shortlist includes the author of the bestselling Horrid Henry series, Francesca Simon, as well as Brian Conaghan, Patrice Lawrence and debut children’s writer, Ross Welford

London, 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of one of the UK’s most prestigious book prizes in 2006. 2016 marks the 45th year of the Book Awards.

This year’s Costa Book Awards attracted 596 entries. Judges on this year’s panels (three per category) included writers Nicci Gerrard, Andrew O’Hagan, Mary Loudon, Matthew Dennison, poet, author and vlogger Jen Campbell and author-illustrator, Cressida Cowell.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. The overall winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be selected and announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

“I’m certain that readers of all tastes will find something to enjoy in this fantastic selection of books,” commented Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa. “My thanks go to the category judges who read so extensively and chose so carefully, and many congratulations to the shortlisted authors. We’re very proud of our heritage and connection with the Book Awards at Costa and we wish them all great success.”

The winner of the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public, will also be announced at the ceremony. The shortlisted three stories for the Costa Short Story Award, now in its fifth year, will be revealed on the Costa Book Awards website, www.costabookawards.com, later this month.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won eleven times by a novel, five times by a first novel, six times by a biography, seven times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book. The 2015 Costa Book of the Year was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.

To be eligible for the 2016 Costa Book Awards, books must have been first published in the

UK or Ireland between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016 and their authors resident in the UK for the previous three years.

Full details of the shortlists follow.

For additional information please visit www.costabookawards.com.

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With 2000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest- growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

Contact:

Amanda Johnson
Costa Book Awards Press and Publicity
Telephone: 07715 922 180 (mobile)
Email: amanda@amandajohnsonpr.com
Twitter: @CostaBookAwards

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Costa launches new Summer drinks menu as part of its commitment to introduce healthier choices; will reduce added sugar across its beverage portfolio by 25%

Dunstable, United Kingdom, 2016-May-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, today announces that it will reduce added sugar across its beverage portfolio by 25% by 2020, against a January 2015 benchmark. The announcement, which coincides with the launch of its new Summer drinks menu, is part of a broader commitment by Costa to introduce healthier choices for customers.

Jane Treasure, Head of Food and Beverage Development at Costa says: “Costa always puts customers at the heart of everything we do. We’re committed to providing great tasting choices and have a long-term plan to improve the nutritional balance of our menu”.

As part of this approach Costa has introduced a number of significant changes to its summer drinks menu, launching this week. This includes the nationwide rollout of no added sugar SuperDay Smoothies, constituting one of the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Alongside this, Costa has introduced a number of healthier menu items. This includes not only the nationwide rollout of SuperDay Smoothies but also the introduction of low-calorie and gluten free alternatives, trials of healthy pots and a further trial roll out of Chop’d salads. Costa also publishes the nutritional information on-shelf and on-counter for food products and provides a countertop summary card with the calorie information of its most popular drinks.

Jane Treasure adds: “We already have a number of products tailored to a range of nutritional and dietary needs and have proactively removed a substantial amount of sugar across our beverage portfolio. Our added sugar reduction commitment is part of a strategy to manage our entire portfolio responsibly to ensure that we provide a nutritionally balanced mix of menu items for our customers”.

To support in meeting its target Costa has worked with an independent, external expert and created a nutritional calculator which allows the brand to assess its food and beverage products. Using this methodology Costa will review each product recipe, against a set pre-determined criteria to determine whether to delist, reformulate or provide an alternative choice for customers.

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 31 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

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Costa launches new Summer drinks menu as part of its commitment to introduce healthier choices; will reduce added sugar across its beverage portfolio by 25%

Costa launches new Summer drinks menu as part of its commitment to introduce healthier choices; will reduce added sugar across its beverage portfolio by 25%

Costa announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland

Dunstable, United Kingdom, 2016-May-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, today announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland.

Jason has extensive retail experience having worked as Operations Director, International and Development for Travelodge and Operations Project Director for Care UK. He was also Operations Manager for TGI Fridays.

Since joining Costa in 2010, Jason spent two years as Operations Director for Costa UK Equity stores and two years as Managing Director for Costa Retail from 2013. In 2015 he took responsibility for the Costa EMEA business, with accountability for Costa businesses in Poland and Latvia, France and Singapore as well as Costa’s International Franchise operations.

Commenting on the appointment Christopher Rogers, CEO of Costa says: “In his new role Jason will be looking to capitalise on UK opportunities for growth, building the brand and delivering for our customers. Jason has delivered outstanding results in his previous roles at Costa and brings with him a wealth of relevant experience to support the UK business at this important stage in its development”.

In his new role Jason will have overall responsibility for The UK and Ireland. The role has an extended remit that also covers Corporate Franchise, Proud to Serve and Ireland, in addition to the existing UK retail estate of equity and Individual Franchise operations.

The appointment takes place with immediate effect.

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Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 31 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

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Costa announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland

Costa announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland

Costa Coffee announced the finalists of its short story award 2015

LONDON, 2016-Jan-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —

NIALL BOURKE

Gerardo Dreams of Chillies

Gerardo smoked as the truck hurtled towards the outskirts of Puebla. He dreamed as he smoked. He dreamed of chillies.

Niall Bourke is 34 and originally from Kilkenny in Ireland. He now lives in London, where he teaches English at St Michael’s College, Bermondsey. He recently completed an MA in creative writing and teaching at Goldsmiths. He writes both poetry and short fiction, and has been published in a number of journals and magazines in both the UK and Ireland including The Galway Review, Prole, Southbank Poetry, Roadside Fiction, Holdfast Magazine and The Irish Literary Times. In 2015 he was longlisted for The Short Story competition and shortlisted for The Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award in both the poetry and prose categories. He’s currently working on his first novel.

ANNALISA CRAWFORD

Watching the Storms Roll InWe watch the storm coming in, you and I; the bubbling black clouds and the faint growl of thunder.

Annalisa Crawford lives in Saltash in Cornwall and is a part-time gym instructor. She is the author of novellas Cat and the Dreamer and Our Beautiful Child which are published by Vagabondage Press, and a short story collection, That Sadie Thing. Her new collection You. I. Us. will be published in June by Vine Leaves Press.

DANNY MURPHY

RogeyOur lives unfold in stories, their meaning revealed at the last, in their endings. And Rogey’s story? And me?
Danny Murphy gave up teaching and headteaching in 2010 to concentrate on his writing but, after a spell as a volunteer Adviser in the Cambodian Ministry of Education, he got sidetracked into publishing three books on education to help with training teachers and headteachers: Dealing with Dilemmas (2013), Schooling Scotland (2014) and Everyone’s Future (2015). Having got these off his chest and off his desk, he’s now spending more time on his creative writing, with a book of interlinked short stories and a psychological thriller under way. He lives in Stirling and works part-time in Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.

PEGGY RILEY
The Night Office

All days are broken into prayers, and the Night Office is the darkest. One nun looks for light.

Peggy Riley is an author and playwright. Her first novel, Amity & Sorrow, was published by Headline/Tinder Press and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her short fiction has won prizes at the Bridport Festival and inMsLexia, and has appeared in print for magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Sunday Expressand Elle. As a playwright, her work has been produced off-West End, on the fringe, and at festivals/on tour throughout the UK. Recently she completed a residency at Yaddo and was a recipient of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts. She has been a bookseller, a festival producer and writer-in-residence at a young offender prison.www.peggyriley.com

ERIN SOROS

FallenA logging accident takes a man’s arm. The only woman living in camp gathers with the loggers to mark the loss.

Erin Soros has published fiction and non-fiction in international journals and anthologies, and her stories have been aired on the CBC and BBC as recipients of the CBC Literary Award, the Commonwealth Prize for the Short Story, and as a finalist for the BBC Short Story Award. She has twice been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and her story, “Still Water, BC”, was a finalist for the 2013 Costa Short Story Award. She was the Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia and, most recently, was the Harper-Wood Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge—a position that funded travel to research Inuvialuit oral history in the Canadian Arctic.

RUPERT THOMSON

To William Burroughs, from His Wife Cult writer William Burroughs shot his wife Joan Vollmer in Mexico City in September 1951. This is her story.

Rupert Thomson is the author of ten critically-acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and chosen by David Bowie as one of his Top 100 Must-Read books of all time; and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Novel Award. His memoir, This Party’s Got to Stop, won the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. His most recent novel, Katherine Carlyle, described by Philip Pullman as “a masterpiece”, was published in November 2015. He lives in London.

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,880 shops in 30 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,275 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.

In the UK Costa employs over 16,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.
PRIMARY CONTACT: For media enquiries only
CostaTeam@OneGreenBean.com
0207 017 1015
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Costa again named UK’s Favourite Coffee Shop by Allegra’s annual Project Café16 report

LONDON, 2015-12-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the sixth year running, Costa has been named the Nation’s Favourite Coffee Shop by industry experts Allegra as the results for their annual Project Café16 report were released today. No other coffee shop has held on to the accolade for this long since the report’s creation twelve years ago.

Project Cafe16 UK highlights that the UK coffee shop market grew by 10% in 2015, with the sector being worth £7.9 billion in the UK. The coffee market segment continues to be one of the most successful in the UK economy and has established itself as a key driver of UK high street growth.

The report highlights that the UK is a nation of coffee drinkers with 16% of coffee shop visitors frequenting a coffee shop at least once a day in 2015 compared with 14% in 2014. Coffee shop visitors drink an estimated 2.2 billion cups of coffee per year in coffee shops.

The accolade follows an incredible year for Costa as they continued to listen to customer feedback, trialling new store formats including Fresco, their food-led concept store located on Tottenham Court Road, their prestigious Barista of the Year competition celebrating its tenth year and their Costa Foundation charity opening its fiftieth school in Ethiopia, educating children in coffee growing communities across the World.

Christopher Rogers, Managing Director at Costa commented: “We are incredibly proud to have been voted the Nation’s Favourite Coffee Shop for the sixth consecutive year, and I would like to personally thank all of our loyal customers across the UK who voted for us.

“This accolade is testament to the fantastic work and incomparable passion of our store teams and we wouldn’t be voted the nation’s favourite coffee shop without their dedication and support. We continue to listen to our customers, act on their feedback and provide them with irresistible coffee in warm and welcoming environments across the UK.”

Costa continues to invest in its store estate and employee skills and training programmes to develop stores that serve the communities in which they operate. Never complacent, the brand continues to seek ways to build upon the customer experience with product innovations, ongoing store refurbishments and a promise to deliver irresistible coffee to customers.

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Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014  & December 2015).

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,880 shops in 30 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,275 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.

In the UK Costa employs over 16,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Media enquiries for Costa Coffee

Kate Clarke
Costa PR Manager, UK & Ireland
Contact with any press enquiries regarding Costa within the UK & Ireland.

Stacie Wood
PR Executive
Contact for any press enquiries regarding Costa within the UK & Ireland – specifically new store openings; community stories & events, and general press queries.

Melissa Greenwood
PR Manager – Costa International & Costa Express
Contact for any international press enquires outside of the UK & Ireland & media enquires for Costa Express

SOURCE: COSTA

Costa opened its first food-led concept store Costa Fresco in London

LONDON, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The nation’s favourite coffee shop, Costa, has been pulling on its oven gloves this week ahead of opening its first food-led concept store, Costa Fresco, in London today.

The specially designed store environment, exclusive to Costa, features designated zones for relaxing and a new way of presenting freshly baked food. Specially trained staff will be on hand to advise, bake and serve the new menu of oven-fresh food, along with Costa’s famous irresistible barista made coffee.

The brand new menu features handcrafted ciabattas and pastries, warm melt in the mouth cookies and fresh fruit juices, all using quality ingredients. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or a light snack, menu options include a Rustico Dry Cured Ham and Mature Cheddar Flatbread, Roasted Pork Belly with Caramelised Braeburn Apple and Onion Ciabatta and Citrus Chelsea Buns.

The Costa Fresco concept is inspired by the Costa brother’s Italian passion and respect for tasty handcrafted food. When Sergio and Bruno opened their first store in London, over forty years ago, they used to offer their customers freshly baked pastries each morning with their famous Mocha Italia blend, which Costa still serve today.

Carol Welch, Costa’s Global Brand and Innovation Director, describes the new store as “a fusion of London’s handcrafted bakeries brought to life by our heritage, Italian passion and gusto for vibrant ingredients and genuinely good food.”

She added: “The opening of Costa Fresco is a reflection of exciting things to come from Costa. We are committed to continuing to innovate and delight our customers with what they want – quality food, alongside irresistible coffee in a warm, welcoming environment.”

Costa Fresco is located at 190 Tottenham Court Road with opening times 6:30am to 20:00pm Monday to Friday, 7:30am-19:30pm Saturday and 8:00am to 19:30pm on Sunday.

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Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for five years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & November 2014).

With over 1,999 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,168 shops in 30 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,275 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.

In the UK Costa employs over 16,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Media enquiries for Costa Coffee

Kate Clarke
Costa PR Manager, UK & Ireland
Contact with any press enquiries regarding Costa within the UK & Ireland.

Stacie Wood
PR Executive
Contact for any press enquiries regarding Costa within the UK & Ireland – specifically new store openings; community stories & events, and general press queries.

Melissa Greenwood
PR Manager – Costa International & Costa Express
Contact for any international press enquires outside of the UK & Ireland & media enquires for Costa Express

SOURCE: COSTA

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Costa opened its first food-led concept store Costa Fresco in London

Costa opened its first food-led concept store Costa Fresco in London

2015 Costa Short Story Award voting now open

  • Over 1000 entries received
  • Submissions were judged anonymously
  • Winner to be voted for by public on Costa Book Awards website and announced at Costa Book Awards ceremony
  • Voting opens today and closes at midday on Wednesday 13th January 2016

LONDON, 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Monday 30th November 2015: Voting has opened today for the 2015 Costa Short Story Award, an Award launched in 2012 for a single short story, run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system.

The general public is now invited to vote for its favourite from the shortlist of six stories which can be downloaded either to read or listen to from the Costa Book Awards website.

Over 1000 entries were received to the competition which is now in its fourth year. Open to both published and unpublished writers, the Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words, written in English by an author aged 18 years or over.

All entries were judged anonymously (ie without the identity of the author being available to the judges) by a panel comprising author Raffaella Barker; Richard Beard, Director of the National Academy of Writing; Fanny Blake, novelist, journalist and Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine; Sarah Franklin, founder of Short Stories Aloud and Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and Simon Trewin, agent at William Morris Endeavor.

The judges have selected the following six stories which are now available to read and listen to atwww.costabookawards.com. They are:

Fallen: A logging accident takes a man’s arm. The only woman living in camp gathers with the loggers to mark the loss.

Gerardo Dreams of Chillies: Gerardo smoked as the truck hurtled towards the outskirts of Puebla. He dreamed as he smoked. He dreamed of chillies.

Rogey:Our lives unfold in stories, their meaning revealed at the last, in their endings. And Rogey’s story? And me?

The Night Office: All days are broken into prayers, and the Night Office is the darkest. One nun looks for light.

To William Burroughs from his wife: Cult writer William Burroughs shot his wife Joan Vollmer in Mexico City in September 1951. This is her story.

Watching the Storms Roll In: We watch the storm coming in, you and I; the bubbling black clouds and the faint growl of thunder.

The identities of the authors will be revealed after public voting closes on 13th January and the winning author and two runners-up will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday 26th January 2016, when the winner will receive a cheque for £3,500 and the authors in second and third place will receive £1,000 and £500 respectively.

“This year’s competition has produced another brilliant selection of stories,” commented Jim Slater, Managing Director, Costa UK and Ireland.We hope people will enjoy reading – and listening to them – on our website and most importantly, voting for their favourite. The 2015 winner is in the public’s hands!”

Previous winners of the Award include writer and poet, Angela Readman, from Newcastle (2013) whose debut short story collection, Don’t Try This At Home, was published in May 2015 by & Other Stories; and former prison manager and now full-time writer, Avril Joy, from Witton-le-Wear in Bishop Auckland (2012).

Avril Joy’s winning 2012 Costa Short Story Award entry, Millie and Bird, was chosen to appear in The Story, Love, Loss and the Lives of Women, 100 short stories selected by novelist Victoria Hislop and published by Head of Zeus in 2013. She has also since published an e-book, From Writing with Love.

The 2014 winner, writer and PhD student Zoe Gilbert from Sydenham Hill, South-East London, received a story commission from Comma Press and been invited to contribute a story to Birkbeck’s Mechanics’ Institute Review since winning the competition. She is currently completing her first collection of short stories as well as a PhD in Creative Writing.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year. Originally established by Whitbread PLC in 1971, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s prestigious and popular book prize in 2006.

For more information on this year’s Costa Book Awards, go to www.costabookawards.com.

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Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for five years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & November 2014).

With over 1,999 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,168 shops in 30 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,275 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.

In the UK Costa employs over 16,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Press Office

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CostaTeam@OneGreenBean.com
0207 017 1015
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2015 Costa Short Story Award voting now open

2015 Costa Short Story Award voting now open

UK: Costa announces the shortlists for the 2015 Costa Book Awards

LONDON, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costatoday announces the shortlists for the 2015 Costa Book Awards.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of one of the UK’s most prestigious book prizes in 2006. 2015 marks the 44th year of the Book Awards.

This year’s Costa Book Awards attracted 638 entries. Judges on this year’s panels (three per category) included writers Matt Haig, Louise Doughty and Martyn Bedford, poet and children’s author Julia Copus and biographer and broadcaster Penny Junor.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on Monday 4th January 2016. The overall winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be selected and announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 26th January 2016.

“The quality and breadth of talent and writing in this year’s lists is staggering and there is something here for everyone,” commented Christopher Rogers, Managing Director of Costa. “I’m looking forward to reading the books and don’t envy the judges task of whittling these fantastic shortlists down to just one winner per category.”

The winner of the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public, will also be announced at the ceremony. The shortlisted six stories for the Costa Short Story Award, now in its fourth year, will be revealed on the Costa Book Awards website, www.costabookawards.com, on Monday 30th November.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won eleven times by a novel, five times by a first novel, six times by a biography, seven times by a collection of poetry and once by a children’s book. The 2014 Costa Book of the Year was H is for Hawk by writer, poet and historian, Helen Macdonald.

To be eligible for the 2015 Costa Book Awards, books must have been first published in the

UK or Ireland between 1 November 2014 and 31 October 2015 and their authors resident in

the UK for the previous three years.

Full details of the shortlists follow.

For additional information please visit www.costabookawards.com.

For further press information, to request an interview with an author, or for book jacket or author images, please contact:

Amanda Johnson

Costa Book Awards Press and Publicity

Telephone: 07715 922 180 (mobile)

Email: amanda@amandajohnsonpr.com

Twitter: @CostaBookAwards

COSTA BOOK AWARDS 2015 SHORTLISTS

2015 Costa Novel Award shortlist

Kate Atkinson A God in Ruins Doubleday
Anne Enright The Green Road Jonathan Cape
Patrick Gale A Place Called Winter Tinder Press
Melissa Harrison At Hawthorn Time Bloomsbury

2015 Costa First Novel Award shortlist

Sara Baume Spill Simmer Falter Wither Windmill Books
Kate Hamer The Girl in the Red Coat Faber & Faber
Andrew Michael Hurley The Loney John Murray
Tasha Kavanagh Things We Have in Common Canongate

2015 Costa Biography Award shortlist

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland Harvill Secker
Thomas Harding The House by the Lake William Heinemann
Ruth Scurr John Aubrey: My Own Life Chatto & Windus
Andrea Wulf The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science John Murray

2015 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

Andrew McMillan Physical Jonathan Cape
Kate Miller The Observances Carcanet
Don Paterson 40 Sonnets Faber & Faber
Neil Rollinson Talking Dead Jonathan Cape

2015 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist

Frances Hardinge The Lie Tree Macmillan Children’s Books
Hayley Long Sophie Someone Hot Key Books
Sally Nicholls An Island of Our Own Scholastic
Andrew Norriss Jessica’s Ghost David Fickling Books

Shortlist for the 2015 Costa Novel Award

(177 entries)

Judges

Louise Doughty Novelist

David Headley Managing Director, Goldsboro BooksCathy Rentzenbrink Books Editor, The Bookseller; Director, Quick Reads

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)

Kate Atkinson’s last novel, Life After Life, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. Spanning back and forth across his lifetime, Teddy’s story offers not the dizzying concept of multiple possibilities but the painful reality of a life quietly lived. A life of courage and warfare, but also of words unspoken, of secret heartbreak and missed opportunities. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television seriesCase Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her last novel, Life After Life, was the winner of the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize and was also voted Book of the Year for both the UK and the US Booksellers Associations. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday HonoursList, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

Judges: “An ambitious piece of storytelling that will entertain and delight.”

The Green Road by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)

The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collections of stories, collected as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Forgotten Waltz and The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize. In January 2015 she was announced as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.

Judges: “A masterful portrait of a fractured family told in stark yet sparkling prose.’

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)

A privileged elder son and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything. Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. His most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through and the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, which sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone.

Judges: “A sensitive, beautifully structured story of loss, fear, exile and hope.”

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison (Bloomsbury)

Howard and Kitty have recently moved to Lodeshill after a life spent in London; now, their marriage is wordlessly falling apart. Custom car enthusiast Jamie has lived in the village for all of his nineteen years and dreams of leaving it behind, while Jack, a vagrant farm-worker and mystic in flight from a bail hostel, arrives in the village on foot one spring morning, bringing change. All four of them are struggling to find a life in the modern countryside; all are trying to find ways to belong.

Melissa Harrisonis a freelance writer, occasional photographer and a columnist for The Times, the Weekend FT and the Guardian. Her debut novel Clay, published in 2013, was the winner of Portsmouth First Fiction Award, and selected for Amazon’s ‘Rising Stars’ programme and by Ali Smith as a Book of the Year. She lives in South London.

Judges: “Moving, atmospheric, quietly compelling and at times, heartbreaking.”

Shortlist for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award

(116 entries)

Judges

Hannah Beckerman Author and Journalist

Lauren Hadden Deputy Editor, Psychologies Magazine

Matt Haig Writer

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Windmill Books)

A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, ‘too old for starting over, too young for giving up’, and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast – but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship of sorts. As spring turns to summer, their relationship grows and intensifies, until a savage act forces them to abandon the precarious life they’d established, and take to the road.

Sara Baumewas born in Lancashire and grew up in Co. Cork. She studied fine art and creative writing and her short fiction has been published in journals such as The Stinging Fly magazine and the Dublin Review. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. She now lives in Cork with her two dogs.

Judges: “A tough but tender, brilliant read full of fresh wonder. One to cherish.”

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (Faber & Faber)

Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different – sensitive, distracted, with a heart-stopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter’s strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own. When she takes Carmel for an outing to a local festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears into the crowd. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own. But do the real clues to Carmel’s disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother had only begun to guess at?

Kate Hamer grew up in Pembrokeshire. She went to art college and then on to study History of Art at Manchester University. After graduating in 1988, she worked in television for over ten years, mainly on documentaries. In 2011, she did a Creative Writing MA at Aberystwyth University and the Curtis Brown Creative Novel Writing course. She won the 2011 Rhys Davies Short Story Award and her winning story, One Summer, was broadcast on Radio 4. She has recently been awarded a Literature Wales bursary. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and two children.

Judges: “An exquisitely-written, insightful and wise book about mothers, daughters, loss and hope. An unputdownable read.”

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray)

‘If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is. I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden forever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget . . .’

Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire, where he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. He has had two collections of short stories published by Lime Tree Press. Stephen King has called The Loney, Hurley’s debut novel, ‘an amazing piece of fiction’.

Judges: “A truly suspenseful page-turner with immense depth. Unforgettable.”

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh (Canongate)

“The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades. If you’d glanced just once across the field you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you, and you’d have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You’d have known you’d given yourself away, even if only to me. But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice.”

Tasha Kavanagh worked in film editing for ten years, on features including Twelve Monkeys, Seven Years in Tibet andThe Talented Mr Ripley. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She has published several children’s books under her maiden name, Tasha Pym. She lives in Hertfordshire with her family. Things We Have in Common was shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Not the Booker Prize.

Judges: “An insightful, compellingly-plotted novel about teenage obsession and isolation. An exceptionally assured debut with a captivating voice.”

Shortlist for the 2015 Costa Biography Award

(112 entries)

Judges

Simon Heafield Marketing Manager, Foyles

Penny Junor Journalist, Biographer and Broadcaster

Jane Shilling Author and Critic

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Harvill Secker)

Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage – a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing; a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years. But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject: of Charles Dodgson, the quiet academic, and his second self, Lewis Carroll – storyteller, innovator and avid collector of ‘child-friends’. And of his ‘dream-child’, Alice Liddell, and the fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up.This is their secret story: a history of love and loss, of innocence and ambiguity, and of one man’s need to make Wonderland his refuge in a rapidly changing world.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst was born in 1968 and lives in Oxford where he is a Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College. His most recent book, Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, won the Duff Cooper Prize for Biography.

Judges: “This sparkling account opens doors into the life of one of the most enigmatic of 19th century writers and the inspiration behind his iconic creation.”

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding (William Heinemann)

In the spring of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Berlin with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake. It was her ‘soul place’, she said – a sanctuary she had been forced to leave when the Nazis swept to power. The trip was a chance to see the house one last time, to remember it as it was. But the house had changed. Twenty years later Thomas returned to Berlin. The house now stood empty, derelict, soon to be demolished. A concrete footpath cut through the garden, marking where the Berlin Wall had stood for nearly three decades. Elsewhere were signs of what the house had once been – blue tiles showing behind wallpaper, photographs fallen between floorboards, flagstones covered in dirt. Evidence of five families who had made the house their home over a tumultuous century.

Thomas Harding is a journalist who has written for several publications including the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Washington Post and the Guardian. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He is also the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Hanns and Rudolf which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award. Thomas lives in Hampshire with his wife and daughter.

Judges: “With the pace of a thriller, and a wholly original perspective, this book offers an unforgettable and touching account of life in Germany throughout the turbulent 20thcentury.”

John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr (Chatto & Windus)

John Aubrey loved England. From an early age, he saw his England slipping away and, against extraordinary odds, committed himself to preserving for posterity what remained of it – in books, monuments and life stories. His Brief Lives would redefine the art of biography, yet he published only one rushed, botched book in his lifetime and died fearing his name and achievements would be forgotten. Ruth Scurr’s biography is an act of scholarly imagination: a diary drawn from John Aubrey’s own words, displaying his unique voice, dry wit, the irreverence and drama of a literary innovator.

Ruth Scurr is a historian, biographer and literary critic. She teaches history and politics at Cambridge University, where she is a Lecturer and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College. Her first book, Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and was listed among the 100 Best Books of the Decade in The Times. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, theDaily Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal.

Judges: “We were all beguiled and charmed by this hugely original take on the life of one of the 17th century’s most engaging chroniclers.”

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf (John Murray)

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist. More things have been named after him than anyone who has ever lived – towns, rivers, mountain ranges, a penguin, a giant squid and even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. He inspired generations of thinkers and writers – Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt, Napoleon was jealous of him and Captain Nemo in Jules Verne’s famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seaowned all of his books. Yet today he is almost forgotten. The Invention of Nature brings this remarkable man back to life.

Andrea Wulf was born in India, moved to Germany as a child, and now lives in England. She is the author of several acclaimed books. The Brother Gardeners was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Founding Gardeners was on the New York Times bestseller list. Andrea has written for many newspapers including the Guardian, LA Times andNew York Times. She was the Eccles British Library Writer-in-Residence 2013 and a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

Judges: “An extraordinary book about an extraordinary man – written with pace, passion and panache.”

Shortlist for the 2015 Costa Poetry Award

(84 entries)

Judges

Julia Copus Poet and Children’s Author

Adam Newey Poetry Critic

Melanie Prince Co-Owner of The Poetry Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

Physical by Andrew McMillan (Jonathan Cape)

Raw and urgent, these poems are hymns to the male body – to male friendship and male love – muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. We are witness here to an almost religious celebration of the flesh: a flesh vital with the vulnerability of love and loss, to desire and its departure. In an extraordinary blend of McMillan’s own colloquial Yorkshire rhythms with a sinewy, Metaphysical music and Thom Gunn’s torque and speed – ‘your kiss was deep enough to stand in’ – the poems in this first collection confront what it is to be a man and interrogate the very idea of masculinity.

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988 and lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. In 2014 he won a Northern Writers’ Award. He currently lives in Manchester. Physical recently won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for Best First Collection and is also shortlisted for the 2015 GuardianFirst Book Award, only the second book of poetry to have achieved that.

Judges: “A powerful and tender collection that communicates the complexity of desire and of what it is to be male.”

The Observances by Kate Miller (Carcanet)

As its title suggests, with the intertwining practices of watchfulness and remembrance, these poems sustain their course. They follow an urge to locate in language, however tentatively, elements of a world that change or fade. Within her landscapes, the attentive eye and ear preserve the subject, fixing it in time and memory, renewing – through compulsive inspection – faith in the unresolved, even – in what Elizabeth Bishop called ‘self-forgetful’ attention – at the poet’s own expense.

Kate Miller grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London. She studied Art History at King’s College, Cambridge, and Fine Art at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. In 2012 she completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she taught in the English Department. This is her first volume of poetry, although some of her poems were selected for the 2011 and 2013 Salt Best British Poetry anthologies and have also appeared in journals including Poetry Review and the TLS. She has received a number of awards for them, including the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize.

Judges: “A remarkably assured debut – painterly, sensuous and sonically vibrant.”

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson (Faber & Faber)

While some take a traditional form, and some are highly experimental, all the poems in this collection display the cool intelligence and lyric gift that has been the hallmark of Paterson’s work since his first book, Nil Nil, in 1993. Addressed to friends and strangers, the living and the dead, to children, poets, musicians and dogs – as well to as the author himself – these poems display an ambition in their scope and tonal range matched by the breadth of their concerns. In 40 Sonnets, Paterson returns to his central themes: contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world and the divided self.

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His previous poetry collections include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women andThe Eyes which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award – which he subsequently won in 2003 for Landing Light. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009. He teaches at the University of St Andrews, and also works as an editor and musician. He lives in Edinburgh.

Judges: “Graceful, moving and intelligent poems that give the impression of effortless achievement. Paterson has spirited away all signs of the necessary struggle with the skill of a master sorcerer.”

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson (Jonathan Cape)

Like Neil Rollinson’s earlier books, Talking Dead is a refreshment of the senses: lifting the lid on the human condition in a heartfelt celebration of the act of being, whether in moments of love or mortality, sex or feasting. As provocative, sensual and subversive as ever, these poems seek and find the numinous in the everyday: some element of ritual or wonder that transforms experience. Although the spectre of darkness is never far away, it is the spirit of pleasure that endures, and we discover to our delight, as DH Lawrence did, that the Dionysian finally prevails over the Apollonian.

Neil Rollinson has published three collections: A Spillage of Mercury (1996), Spanish Fly (2001) and Demolition(2007). He is a past winner of the National Poetry Competition (1997) and recently received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. He lives and works in Brighton.

Judges: “Heady, exuberant, vibrant, visceral, vivid and at times, very funny.”

Shortlist for the 2015 Costa Children’s Book Award

(149 entries)

Judges

Martyn Bedford Writer

Melissa Cox Head of Children’s Buying for Waterstones

Andrea Reece Managing Editor, Books for Keeps; Children’s Books Reviewer and Specialist

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)

When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter….

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children’s novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to be published to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award.

Judges: “A dark, ingenious tale oozing gothic atmosphere.”

Sophie Someone by Hayley Long (Hot Key Books)

Sophie couldn’t spell her own name until she was six. But she’s not stupid. No, she just uses words differently from you and me. She’s fourteen now and she has a story to tell. But some things are difficult to talk about. Even to your best friend. And if you bottle them up you might burst. So here is Sophie’s story. Told the only way she dares tell it. In her own secret language.

Hayley Long began writing teen fiction while working as an English teacher in Cardiff. Her first teen novel, Lottie Biggs is Not Mad was awarded the White Raven label for outstanding children’s literature by the International Youth Library. Since then, her fingers haven’t stopped typing. What’s Up With Jody Barton? was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Children’s Book Award – won by Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon, a book that Long has credited as her inspiration forSophie Someone – and Hayley has also enjoyed the razzle-dazzle of being a Queen of Teen nominee. Her first non-fiction title was Being a Girl.

Judges: “A pacy, exuberant story full of wit and charm.”

An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls (Scholastic)

Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. When the family’s wealthy but eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they go to visit her. Unable to speak or write, she gives Holly some photographs that might lead them to an inheritance that could solve all their problems. But they’re not the only ones after the treasure…

Sally Nicholls was born in Stockton. After finishing school, she worked in Japan, travelled around Australia and New Zealand, before returning to do a degree in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick. In her third year, she enrolled in a Masters in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa. It was here that she wrote her first novel, Ways to Live Forever,which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2008. Her subsequent books, Season of Secrets, All Fall Downand Close Your Pretty Eyes have all been published to critical acclaim.

Judges: “A very modern book which has the feel of a classic as well as heaps of heart.”

Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss (David Fickling Books)

When Jessica sits down next to Francis on a bench one break time, he’s surprised to learn that she isn’t actually alive – she’s a ghost. And she’s surprised too, because Francis is the first person who has ever been able to see her. Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they have in a long time. When they meet two more friends who also can see Jessica, the question arises: what is it that the children have in common? And is it connected with the existence of Jessica’s ghost? The answer, when it emerges, is both surprising and moving – and leads on to a dramatic conclusion that none of them could have foreseen.

Andrew Norriss won the 1997 Whitbread Children’s Book Award with Aquila. He started his writing career in television and, having written many brilliant series for adults (The Brittas Empire being one example) and children (including dramatising his own books – both Aquila and Matt’s Million for TV), now writes novels full-time. Andrew most recently published a new series for (slightly) younger readers, I Don’t Believe it Archie and Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Weekfor David Fickling Books.

Judges: “Funny, clever, beautifully written – it perfectly describes the transforming power of friendship.”

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UK: Costa announces the shortlists for the 2015 Costa Book Awards

UK: Costa announces the shortlists for the 2015 Costa Book Awards