Bush and Warburton join Baillie Gifford judges

Bush and Warburton join Baillie Gifford judges

New Statesman journalist Stephen Bush and historian Susan Brigden have been appointed to the judging panel for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction as submissions open.

Also on the panel to "recognise and reward the very best in high quality non-fiction" is former child prodigy, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, who received a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford aged 20.

Fellow judge Nigel Warburton, a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster, and is editor-at-large for New Philosopher magazine.

Bush is a special correspondent at the New Statesman, while Brigden is Supernumerary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy. She has written various books including the Wolfson Prize-winning Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest (Faber). 

The four judges will join Economist’s culture correspondent, Fiammetta Rocco, who was revealed as the prize panel's chair in January.

Submissions to the award open on Tuesday (27th March) to books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. Authors of any nationality whose work is published in the UK in English in any given year, are eligible. 

Publishers have until 1st June to enter up to three non-fiction books per imprint with publication dates between 1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018. 

The 2018 longlist will not be announced but the shortlist will be revealed in October. The winner will be announced on 14th November at an awards dinner at the
Royal Institute of British Architects in London supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Prize director, Toby Mundy, said: “This year’s line-up of judges is as formidable as any that has come before it, well-qualified for the gargantuan task of choosing from around 200 titles to find the best non-fiction book of the year.”

David France, won the 2017 prize for his history of AIDS activism, How to Survive A Plague (Picador), and will appear at Charleston, Bath and Hay festivals at the end of May.

For more information, visit www.thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk.