Ferris wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas award

Ferris wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas award

Joshua Ferris has won the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking).

Ferris’ novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year, earns him a £30,000 award.

The International Dylan Thomas Prize was created to honour the work of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas. It is open to any writer of novels, poetry and drama aged 39 – the age Thomas was when he died – and under.

Ferris was announced as the winner at a ceremony held in Swansesa's National Waterfront Museum.

The judging panel for this year’s prize was chaired by Hay Festival founder Peter Florence, and included singer Cerys Matthews.

The other shortlisted authors and books were Eimear for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Faber & Faber); Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries (Granta); Naomi Wood for Mrs Hemingway (Picador); Kseniya Melnikfor Snow in May (Fourth Estate); Kei Miller for The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press); and Owen Sheers for Mametz (National Theatre Wales).