Dylan Thomas Prize announces 2019 shortlist

News - Prizes Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Sarah Perry shortlisted for young writers' award for second time


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Zoe Gilbert, Guy Gunaratne, Louisa Hall, Sarah Perry, and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma are shortlisted for the £30,000 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize, given for a writer aged 39 or under.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (27), Friday Black (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt US; riverrun UK)
Debut short story collection explores growing up as a black male in America.

Zoe Gilbert (39), Folk (Bloomsbury)
Debut novel inspired by a fascination with ancient folklore and with the resurgence of nature writing.

Guy Gunaratne (34), In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder Press)
Debut novel that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize.

Louisa Hall (36), Trinity (Ecco US; Corsair UK)
Seven fictional characters bear witness to the life of J Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atom bomb.

Sarah Perry (39), Melmoth (Serpent's Tail)
Her second shortlisting for the prize, this time with a gothic tale of guilt and retribution.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (30), House of Stone (Atlantic)
Novel about the bloody birth of modern Zimbabwe.

The judges are Swansea University Professor Dai Smith; Professor Kurt Heinzelman; Di Speirs, BBC Radio books editor; and novelist Kit de Waal. They will announce their winner at Swansea University on 16 May, following an event celebrating the shortlist at the British Library on 15 May.

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