Project Description

Cancelled: International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist Celebration, British Library, London

  • Date:


  • British Library
    96 Euston Road
    NW1 2DB

  • Hear from the short listed authors

    Acclaimed Indian feminist writer and novelist, Meena Kandasamy, Hong Kong born LGBTQ+ poet Mary Jean Chan, Ukrainian-born artist and writer Yelena Moskovich, Brazilian-British debut novelist Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Vietnamese-American novelist Ocean Vuong, and Belgrade-born Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht are among the 12 authors on the longlist for the £30,000 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020.

    Readers at this event will be drawn from this list.

    This year’s longlist comprises seven novels, three poetry collections and two short story collections:

    Surge – Jay Bernard (Chatto & Windus)
    Flèche – Mary Jean Chan (Faber & Faber)
    Exquisite Cadavers – Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic Books)
    Things we say in the Dark – Kirsty Logan (Harvell Secker, Vintage)
    Black Car Burning – Helen Mort (Chatto & Windus)
    Virtuoso – Yelena Moskovich (Serpent’s Tail)
    Inland – Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
    Stubborn Archivist – Yara Rodrigues Fowler (Fleet)
    If All the World and Love were Young – Stephen Sexton (Penguin Random House)
    The Far Field – Madhuri Vijay (Atlantic Books)
    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong (Jonathan Cape, Vintage)
    Lot – Bryan Washington (Atlantic Books)

    The Dylan Thomas Prize one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes as well as the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 or under, the Prize celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including poetry, novels, short stories and drama.

    On receiving the 2019 award for his debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City, Guy Gunaratne said: “Dylan Thomas has always meant a lot to me, he’s a writer I’ve always turned to for inspiration. And after winning this prize, my mind just goes to all the other writers, or aspiring writers, who are writing from a place like where I began. A place like Neasden, somewhere I always thought was a nowhere place. But to make art out of the world, the language, the voices I grew up around I always felt was important…”

    The shortlist will be announced on the 7th April, followed by this British Library event on 13th May and Winner’s Ceremony held in Swansea on International Dylan Thomas Day, 14th May.

    Name: The International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020: A Shortlist Celebration
    Where: British Library St Pancras
    When: Wed 13 May 2020, 19:00 – 20:30
    Price: Full Price: £13.00
    Student: £6.50
    Registered Unemployed: £6.50
    Disabled: £6.50
    Under 18: £6.50
    Senior (60+): £11.00
    Young Person (18-25): £6.50
    Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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