Rachel Trezise wins in world’s richest literary award

Welsh author Rachel Trezise has won the inaugural EDS Dylan Thomas prize for herRachel Trezise collection of short stories, Fresh Apples.

Lucy Caldwell; Ian Holding; Nick Laird; James Scudamore and Liza Ward had all been short listed for the prize, which was established to honor the work of poet Dylan Thomas.

The EDS Dylan Thomas Prize is the world’s largest literary award and is open to authors under the age of 30 who are writing in English.

The poet’s daughter, Aeronwy Thomas, presented the GBP 60,000 (US$114,000) prize to Rachel Trezise at an awards ceremony on Oct. 27, Dylan Thomas’s birthday, in the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, South Wales.

Fresh ApplesScreenwriter and chair of the judges, Andrew Davies said: “We decided not to be afraid of awarding the prize to a Welsh writer because she did seem to us to be the most original. It was an exciting and closely fought debate. Rachel won it because she has a totally original voice which didn’t remind us of anyone else.”

He described Trezise’s work as exceptional and compared it that of James Joyce.

“It is remarkable for such a young writer to be so much of herself and not easily influenced in her work. Indeed, the confidence, coolness and maturity of tone in Fresh Apples is exceptional. I would go as far as to say that her collection of short stories in Fresh Apples can be easily compared to James Joyce’s Dubliners,” Andrew Davies said.

This year’s competition saw around 60 entries meeting the strict criteria of the award. The entries were then whittled down to a long list of 14 books.

The short list was made up of Lucy Caldwell for Where They Were Missed; Ian Holding for Unfeeling; Nick Laird for Utterly Monkey; James Scudamore for The Amnesia Clinic; Rachel Trezise for Fresh Apples, and Liza Ward for Outside Valentine.


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