Orange new writers trio revealed

<p>Lauren Liebenberg, Joanna Kavenna and Lauren Groff have made it onto this year&#39;s Orange Broadband Award for New Writers, nominated for their d&eacute;but novels <em>The Voluptuous Delights<br />of Peanut Butter and Jam</em> (Virago), <em>Inglorious</em> (Faber) and <em>The Monsters of Templeton</em> (Heinemann) respectively.</p><p>Chair of judges Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, praised the quality of work produced by new writers. &quot;There were so many worthy contenders for our shortlist that it was a worthy challenge to settle on a final three,&quot; she said. She added that the shortlist is &quot;truly ambitious in scope&quot; and reflects the prize&#39;s &quot;international nature&quot;.</p><p>American writer Groff has had work featured in US publications including <em>Ploughshares</em> and <em>The Atlantic Monthly</em>, while British nominee Kavenna, who wrote her first book at 13, has had a text called The Ice Museum published. Liebenberg grew up in what was Rhodesia and set her novel, about sisters whose idyllic lives are disrupted, there.</p><p>The winner, who will be announced on 4th June at the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London, receives a &pound;10,000 bursary funded by Arts Council England.</p><p>Awards organisers also announced that Arts Council England has committed to a further &pound;30,000 in bursary money for the next three years.<br /></p>