McBride and Catton on Dylan Thomas Prize longlist

McBride and Catton on Dylan Thomas Prize longlist

Man Booker prize-winning The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta), and A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber), which won this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize, are both longlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

The £30,000 award was created to honour the work of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas and is open to any writer of novels, poetry and drama aged 39 (the age Thomas was when he died) and under.

This year Catton and McBride (pictured) will compete with 13 other authors from countries such as the UK, the US and Jamaica.

Peter Stead, founder and president of the prize, said the list reflects how the English language is used by writers around the world. Judge Cerys Matthews said the long list was “truly delicious”.

She said: “[The longlist] features international works across all genres – poetry, prose and drama – and has attracted young international writers of incredible talent.”

The prize shortlist will be announced on 4th September at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, and the winner will be unveiled at a gala dinner in Swansea in November. The winning author will receive £30,000 and a bronze bust of Dylan Thomas.

Last year’s winner was American author Claire Vaye Watkins for Battleborn, a collection of short stories published by Granta.

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize will also be announced today (23rd July).
 
The International Dylan Thomas prize longlist in full:
Daniel Alarcón, At Night We Walk in Circles (Fourth Estate)
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (Granta)
John Donnelly, The Pass (Faber & Faber)
Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking)
Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing (Viking)
Meena Kandasamy, The Gypsy Goddess (Atlantic Books)
Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Faber & Faber)
Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May (Fourth Estate)
Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press)
Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls (Simon & Schuster)
Owen Sheers, Mametz (National Theatre Wales)
Tom Rob Smith, The Farm (Simon & Schuster)
Rufi Thorpe, The Girls from Corona del Mar (Knopf)
Naomi Wood, Mrs Hemingway (Picador)
Hanya Yanagihara, The People in the Trees (Atlantic Books)