EDS Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist announced

Lucy Caldwell, Ian Holding, Nick Laird, James Scudamore, Rachel Trezise and Liza Ward are the six authors shortlisted for the EDS Dylan Thomas Prize, the literary world’s highest paying award. The shortlist was announced at Hurst House in Covent Garden, London today (Sept. 22).

The six shortlisted books were chosen from a longlist of 14 and are:

Lucy Caldwell – Where They Were Missed
Ian Holding – Unfeeling
Nick Laird -Utterly Monkey
James Scudamore – The Amnesia Clinic
Rachel Trezise – Fresh Apples
Liza Ward – Outside Valentine

Founding Chairman of the Dylan Thomas Literary Prize, Professor Peter Stead said in an interview earlier:

“The judges were delighted at the quality of the entries and by the truly international response. We were looking for good writing and also for ingenuity and flair as far as theme and setting were concerned. We have been astonished by the confidence of the writing and at the direct, unsentimental way in which families and relationships are viewed. Here is the voice of a new generation of writers. And they are all under 30!”

The short listed writers will be visiting schools in the week running up to the final award and talking to sixth form students about their work. They will also take part in writing workshops which are running from now through to November.

The winner receives an award of £60,000.

The judging panel for the 2006 EDS Dylan Thomas Prize is: Andrew Davies (acclaimed, award-winning screenwriter), Menna Elfyn (renowned Welsh poet and playwright), Simon Kelner (editor in chief of the Independent newspaper), Paul Watkins (acclaimed American Welsh novelist), Prof Peter Stead (Welsh academic, historian and broadcaster) and Kurt Heinzelman (American poet and academic).

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 27, Dylan Thomas’ birthday, in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.

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