Catton and McBride make Dylan Thomas shortlist

Catton and McBride make Dylan Thomas shortlist

Seven writers including Eimear McBride and Eleanor Catton (pictured) are on the shortlist for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize.

McBride’s 2014 Baileys Prize-winning novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Faber & Faber) and 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Catton’s The Luminaries (Granta) are up against Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking) and Naomi Wood’s Mrs Hemingway (Picador) for the £30,000 prize. Also in the running are: Snow in May by Kseniya Melnik, (Fourth Estate); The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller (Carcanet Press); and Owen Sheers’ Mametz (National Theatre Wales).

The seven shortlisted entries were whittled down from a longlist of 15 by judges including singer Cerys Matthews. The award, which is now in its seventh year, was created to honour the work of the Welsh poet and playwright whose centenary is being celebrated this year.

Run by Swansea University, it is open to any writer of novels, poetry and drama aged 39 (the age Thomas was when he died) and under. As well as the £30,000 prize, the winner will receive a bronze bust of Thomas.

This year’s winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Swansea in November.