International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 Winner:
The High Places by Fiona McFarlane
It’s our pleasure to confirm Fiona McFarlane’s collection of short tales The High Places as the winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017. Described by Chair of judges Professor Dai Smith CBE, of Swansea University, as “a mature work by a young writer who exemplifies the international spirit of this prize,” The High Places takes the reader on a journey across continents and eras to map the moments emotions sculpt our lives, from an obsessive scientist in communion with the spirit of Darwin to an Australian Farmer driven by biblical voices to relieve a fatal drought.
Launched in 2006 and with a purse of £30,000, the accolade is the largest literary prize in the world for young writers and has helped propel a number of new talents, including last year’s much-lauded winner Max Porter, with his elegiac Grief is the Thing with Feathers.
Dylan Thomas lived for just 39 years and the Prize is a monument to that youthful creativity, defining the age limit of entry and with its broad remit (the best published or produced literary work in the English language) ensuring a very diverse selection of titles.