Foyles has partnered with the Green Carnation Prize for LGBT writers.
The two-year association will see Foyles offer event space in their new flagship shop to host the Green Carnation Prize award ceremony and public events celebrating the prize, with Simon Heafield, communications manager at Foyles, on the judging panel.
Heafield commented: "As a bookshop very committed to showcasing the wonderfully diverse world of literature, we're proud to be supporting the Green Carnation Prize. In its short history, the Prize has already established itself as a dependable marque of quality, bringing new readers to books that really deserve to be more widely known. Among the many literary prizes that have done little to move with the times, the Green Carnation stands out as one destined to become one of the highlights of the literary calendar."
Simon Savidge, honorary director and co-founder of the Green Carnation Prize said he was “beyond delighted” about the partnership. He added: “Both parties have a clear vision to bring readers the best published LGBT writing available in the UK both in print and in person, with some great events celebrating long listed authors and winners past and future plus LGBT's literary history which is sometimes forgotten, it is a very exciting time for the prize."
Journalist and blogger Savidge founded the annual prize in 2010 with author Paul Magrs and journalist and blogger Simon Savidge, who remains Honorary Director. Winners have included last year’s recipient Andrew Solomon for his novel Far From The Tree (Chatto & Windus) and Catherine Hall for The Proof of Love (Portobello) in 2011.
The prize, which is awarded to LGBT writers for any form of the written word, is growing this year to encompass works of translation.