Ekklesia COO recognised in inaugural Virago/New Statesman women writers prize

By Press Office
April 23, 2016

Ekklesia is very pleased to offer warm congratulations to our chief operating officer, Virginia Moffatt, for being shortlisted in the inaugural Virago Press and New Statesman magazine Women's Prize for Politics and Economics.

Her shortlisted piece, a prospectus for a longer essay, is entitled 'The Rise of the Death Eaters: how the neoliberal consensus has corrupted public life', will appear in fully published form in the future. 

Our congratulations also go to the winner of the prize, Francis Weetman, who outline for 'Economics is a Religion: Now it Needs its Reformation' raises also issues close to our own perspective and commitments.

Virginia Moffatt commented: "I am honoured to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award alongside so many talented women. I am also heartened that the my proposed essay on the corrupting effects of neoliberalism caught the judges' interest.

"This suggests to me that the issues that have long concerned Ekklesia are becoming increasingly prominent in broader public discourse. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner, Frances Weetman. I am very much looking forward to her essay challenging current economic thinking.

The judges for the prize were Gillian Tett, author and US Managing Editor of the Financial Times, Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman, Tom Gatti, culture editor of the New Statesman and Lennie Goodings, Publisher of Virago.

The Virago/New Statesman Women’s writers prize was launched last year in response to a publishing climate which often sees non-fiction publishing lists and prize shortlists – particularly in the areas of politics and economics – dominated by men. Entrants submitted a 3,000 word proposal that could be developed into a 20,000-word essay.

* More on this year's prize here

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