The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
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This prize, which celebrates the best work of literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama) by a UK or Commonwealth writer aged 35 or under, was founded 67 years ago in honour of the writer John Llewellyn Rhys, who was killed in action in World War II. His young wife, also a writer, began the award to honour and celebrate his life. Past winners of the award include VS Naipaul, Dan Jacobson, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, David Hare, AL Kennedy, Andrew Motion, William Boyd, AN Wilson and Charlotte Mendelson. Last year’s winner was Henry Hitchings for The Secret Life of Words.
The shortlist for the 2009 was recently announced:
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
The Striped World by Emma Jones
Six Months in Sudan by James Maskalyk
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Waste by Tristram Stuart
After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld
The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Century Club, London, on Monday 30 November. The winning author receives a cheque for £5,000 while the other shortlisted authors receive £500 each.
More information about the shortlisted books is available here:
John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2009
Evie Wyld is the winner of this year's prize, for her novel After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, which "tackles how soldiers cope with returning to normal life after witnessing the brutality of war, and the often difficult relationship between fathers and sons."
Bookseller of Peckham beats Aravind Adiga to novel award
This is the shortlist for this year's award:
A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller (Carcanet)
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed (HarperCollins)
Bomber County by Daniel Swift (Hamish Hamilton)
Corrag by Susan Fletcher (Fourth Estate)
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine (Icon Books)
The Still Point by Amy Sackville (Portobello Books)
More info: John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
An article (http://tinyurl.com/6442fdl) published today on The Guardian website reports that the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize is being suspended and will not be awarded in 2011. The prize has been awarded since 1946 and has been administered since 2002 by the charity Booktrust. The charity has had a £13m cut to its budget due to the loss of a grant from the government. The grant was used to provide free books to children, a programme that Booktrust wish to continue. It therefore means they have had to cut back on other activities, and in this case prize giving. The Guardian article has reaction from authors, including past winners William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Sarah Hall and Evie Wyld. The statement from Booktrust reads as follows:
"As you will be aware, the last few months have been particularly challenging for Booktrust. Our new funding settlement with the Department for Education has allowed us to protect the universal offer of the national bookgifting programmes, but it has nonetheless forced us to undertake a thorough review of all of the prizes and projects in the Booktrust portfolio.
"As a result of this review, we have taken the difficult decision not to run the John Llewellyn Rhys in Autumn 2011. This Prize is incredibly important, highlighting and celebrating the best new books by writers under 35, as well as being very dear to Booktrust. We have not taken this decision lightly and we strongly intend to bring back the Prize with a bang in the very near future."
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