Dunmore, Bates and Chakrabarti judge Baileys 2015

Dunmore, Bates and Chakrabarti judge Baileys 2015

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judging panel for 2015 will be chaired by Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti and includes columnist Grace Dent and Laura Bates, founder of The Everyday Sexism Project.

Joining them are Helen Dunmore, novelist, poet and winner of the first Women’s Prize for Fiction in 1996, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman.

Chakrabarti said: “Women writers continue to enthral, educate and entertain. So to chair the judges of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is going to be great reading and great fun."

Syl Saller, chief marketing officer of Baileys’ parent company  Diageo, said she was thrilled to see such an “eminent and inspirational" judging panel. "Now in our second year of sponsorship, it’s always a great pleasure to see the level of dedication and passion the judges devote to their role and I’m sure this year’s panel will continue to build on the great legacy of judges before them,” she said.

For the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015, novels must be published in the UK between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015. The prize is administered by Booktrust.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 will be awarded on June 3rd 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

The 2014 winner was Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Galley Beggar Press/Faber).