The 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist is announced
Judges have agreed unanimously on the “eye-catching, eclectic and totally energising” shortlist for 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize.
Now in its tenth year, the annual International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious - and richest - prizes for young writers. It awards £30,000 to the best new literary work of fiction, written in English, by an author under 40.
In its search for bright, young talent to nurture, the International Dylan Thomas Prize casts its net wide: the award considers poetry, novels, short stories and drama.
The prize's namesake, Dylan Thomas, was one of the most internationally-renowned and influential writers of the mid-twentieth century. He was also exceptionally successful at a young age.
Professor Dai Smith chaired the panel of judges, which comprised: Sarah Hall (author), Phyllida Lloyd (film and
Kurt Heinzelman said: “I have been a judge for all ten years of the Prize’s history, and I can say that this year’s list is the best and stylistically most diverse.”
This energetic, poetic and highly acclaimed debut by Claire-Louise Bennett comprises 20 strikingly original short stories – the shortest of which is only a few lines long. They share – or appear to share – the same,
Leviston’s poetry has been much admired for its
Raw and visceral, these poems constitute a painfully honest and sometimes shocking hymn to male love,
The Year Of The Runaways is a compassionate and wise depiction of the experience of immigration in Britain. It is a precise and eloquent novel told from four points of view, filled with small details and naturalistic observations. Written in
Shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, this title features poems that confront what it is to be a man and interrogate the very idea of masculinity.
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter.
The compelling new poetry collection from the T S Eliot Prize shortlisted poet
Feverish and forthright, Pond is an absorbing chronicle of the pitfalls and pleasures of a solitudinous life told by an unnamed woman living on the cusp of a coastal town. Claire-Louise Bennett's startlingly original debut collection slips effortlessly between worlds and is by turns darkly funny and deeply moving.
When a young elephant is brutally orphaned by poachers, it is only a matter of time before he begins terrorising the countryside. Manu is drawn into the alluring world of ivory hunting. Emma is working on a documentary set in a Kerala wildlife park. Her work leads her to witness the porous boundary between conservation and corruption.