Impress Prize Panel 2017

Laura Christopher

Laura Christopher joined Impress Books in 2015 as a member of the editorial team. She has since worked on a number of titles for the company and gained experience in production, rights and editorial. Graduating with a degree in English from the University of Exeter, Laura was delighted to enter the world of publishing and indulge her love of stories. Living in Exeter, she spends her spare time trying out recipes on her housemate, playing netball and roaming over Dartmoor as much as she can.

Mel Mitchell

Mel Mitchell thinks she might have been having a mid-life crisis when she gave up a safe and comfortable career in supply chain because she ‘would prefer to read books’. Having persuaded Guy Pringle, publisher of newbooks magazine, to take her on as administrative assistant then publisher liaison she is now set to take over as editor when he retires in April, in its new incarnation as nudge-book magazine, alongside She is still wondering why she doesn’t spend her days reading books but is looking forward to helping judge the Impress Prize as the perfect excuse for ignoring her emails (she apologises in advance to all).

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Lucy Powrie is a book blogger and YouTuber from the UK, having started her website at the age of 12. With over 1 million views since she started, she’s since gone on to win the inaugural UK YA Blogger Award for Champion of YA and is also the host of the weekly #ukyachat on Twitter, a chat dedicated to YA books.

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Natasha Onwuemezi is a reporter at The Bookseller, covering independent publishers, booksellers, libraries and literary festivals.

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Annabel Abbs is a writer and author.  Her first novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress prize for New Writers, and has been sold to publishers in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Germany, Spain and South America. It was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, the Bath Novel Award, the Waverton GoodRead Award, was a Guardian Reader Pick 2016 and was selected for pitch at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. She lives with her family in London.