EBRD Literature Prize: “Whose Prize is it anyway?”

EBRD Literature Prize: “Whose Prize is it anyway?”

11 Apr 2018, 11:30 - 12:30

The Cross-Cultural Hub
Language:
English

The “EBRD Literature Prize” is a new and generous prize for translated fiction in the UK, celebrating both the author and the translator equally. But when you launch a major new literature prize in the UK - infamous for reading so little in translation - what are the challenges and who should the prize benefit? 

The judges have selected their 2018 winners from novels submitted from the EBRD’s nearly 40 regions. Each novel was judged to represent the ideals of the EBRD Prize as ‘a window on the world’-  in other words, to be an excellent read, a novel of great craft and competence and to reflect the culture and creativity of its country of origin. 

 

ABOUT THE JUDGES:

Peter Frankopan* is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.  He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. His most recent book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, was an international number 1 bestseller.

Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright, essayist and broadcaster. He was Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative and Performing Arts Fellow in European and African performance at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, and a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University. His London novel Vauxhall won the 2011 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize.  He lives in London and was Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at the City & Guilds of London Art School.

Lucy Hannah is a writer and producer, and founded Commonwealth Writers in 2011. Previously she produced radio and television factual programmes and drama in the UK and internationally.  She has worked for a range of organisations on communication for development projects, mostly in areas of conflict and post-conflict, including South Sudan, Chechnya and Afghanistan. In the UK she has led a variety of Education Entertainment projects for ex-offenders and was the Arts Council writer-in-residence at HMP Rochester.

Rosie Goldsmith, Chair of the Judging Panel, is an award-winning journalist specialising in arts and current affairs in the UK and abroad, and champions international literature. In twenty years at the BBC, she reported from many regions including Russia and emerging Europe, Africa and the USA, covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, and presented flagship BBC programmes Front Row and Crossing Continents.  She is Founder and Director of the European Literature Network which she combines with presenting and curating cultural events and festivals in Britain and overseas.

 

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