Forbes wins £50k Warwick Prize for Writing

Forbes wins £50k Warwick Prize for Writing

Writer, journalist and editor Peter Forbes' exploration of mimicry and camouflage in nature, art and warfare has been awarded the £50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing.

His Dazzled and Deceived (Yale University Press) was described by chair of judges Michael Rosen as a "book of massive surprises" at a ceremony in London yesterday evening [22nd March].

The biennial prize, launched in 2009, is run and funded by the University of Warwick. The international cross-disciplinary award is open to any genre or form of writing on a given theme, which this year was "colour".

Rosen said: "Dazzled and Deceived was singled out for a number of reasons. It's a book about scientific concepts; it's a book about art and it's actually an exciting read because Forbes does what all good storytellers do—he reveals and conceals in equal measure.  It is also a book of massive surprises"

As part of his prize, Forbes will take up a residency at the university within the next 18 months.

The university's vice-chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift, also revealed that it is to offer two £5,000 bursaries for undergraduate students to study on Warwick's English Literature and Creative Writing undergraduate degree programme.