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Lawson to chair David Cohen Prize again
18.10.12 | Charlotte Williams
Broadcaster, critic and writer Mark Lawson is returning for a second year to chair the judging panel for the £40,000 David Cohen Prize for Literature, with author Kate Summerscale also among those on the panel.
Academic Shirley Chew; novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall; writer, poet and creative writing professor Kathleen Jamie; broadcaster and critic Fiona MacCarthy OBE; poet and critic Daljit Nagra; and screenwriter and dramatist Roy Williams OBE complete the judging line-up.
Lawson said: "In 2011, when Julian Barnes won the David Cohen Prize before going on to take the Man Booker, it was further confirmation of the Cohen's knack of highlighting the writers who really matter . . . I am delighted to be chairing for a second time an award of such distinction and, in the early stages of the 2013 judging, have been excited to see new candidates emerging to challenge those who ran close last time."
The winner of the David Cohen Prize, which honours a lifetime's achievement in literature and is administered by Booktrust, will be announced on 7th March.