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Meet two of today's most exciting authors. Sarah Perry won the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 with her atmospheric Victorian novel described by the Sunday Times as 'One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade'. Susan Fletcher, who won the Costa First Book Award with Eve Green, explores in fiction the artist Van Gogh's time in the asylum at Arles. Both women will discuss plot, setting and the skills that create such memorable stories.Read More
With live readings from the shortlisted writers The annual International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers. It encourages raw creative talent worldwide and celebrates international literary excellence. Launched in 2006, the £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. The 2016 winner was Max Porter for his critically acclaimed debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Faber and Faber). This event features live readings from shortlisted authors and an audience Q&A led by senior judge Professor Kurt Heinzelman (University of Texas), with an introduction by Chair of judges Professor Dai Smith. Taking place on the eve of the announcement of the winner of the 2017 award, this shortlist celebration also includes the opportunity to meet authors and judges. The shortlist for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize was announced on Tuesday 28 March. Shortlisted authors and their works Anuk Arudpragasm The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta), Sri Lanka Alys Conran Pigeon (Parthian), United Kingdom Luke Kennard Cain (Penned in the Margins), United Kingdom Fiona McFarlane The High Places (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Australia Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent (Serpent's Tail), United Kingdom Callan Wink Dog Run Moon: Stories (Granta), USARead More
The Essex Serpent stormed to the top of the bestseller lists and 2016 ended with it named as Waterstones Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award. Set in 1893, this gothic tale follows the young widow Cora Seaborne, an enthusiastic amateur palaeontologist, to a dank wetlands village in Essex, where a sea serpent is said to be terrorising villagers. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, it is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take. Sarah Perry's first novel, After Me Comes The Flood, was published in 2015 having been repeatedly rejected by publishers. Her third novel will be set in Prague, where she lived when she was UNESCO's writer-in-residence.Read More

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