Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Polari Prize Shortlist

Those of you in London last night may have seen me performing at Polari with Jonathan Harvey, Penny Arcade, Adrian Dalton and Jesse Blackadder. Well after I had to make a manic rush for the train (and thus missed Jonathan and Penny, much to my distress), they announced the Polari Prize shortlist.

Square Peg Media has donated prize-money of £1,000 for the first time, which will go to one lucky LGBT winner later in the year. The prize is for a first book which explores the LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published (or self-published) in the UK in English. This year’s judges included our very own Paul Burston; Rachel Holmes, Head of Literature at the Southbank; Suzi Feay, literary critic; Joe Storey-Scott, books buyer; and writer, critic and broadcaster Bidisha.

The shortlist is:
  • The Frost Fairs by John McCullogh (Salt);
  • Ey Up and Away by Vicky Ryder (Wandering Star Press);
  • Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald (Transworld);  
  • Exit Through The Wound by North Morgan (Limehouse Books); 
  • and Modern Love by Max Wallis (Flap)
Paul Burston, the man behind the salon and prize, said:  
This is a really strong short list which reflects the diversity of LGBT literary voices . . . The judges would like to congratulate the five shortlisted writers and would also like to  thank Linda Riley of Square Peg Media for her generous support in celebrating the inventiveness, distinctiveness and excellence of the very best of queer writing.
The winner will be announced in glitz and glamour at Polari's fifth birthday bash on 26th November. Woohoo!

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