Baker, Forna and Pascoe among Baileys judges

Baker, Forna and Pascoe among Baileys judges

The Pool co-founder Sam Baker, novelist Aminatta Forna and comic Sara Pascoe will be among the judges for 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Presenter Katie Derham will also judge, and former Channel 4 film and drama controller Tessa Ross will on the role of chair. Ross recently launched House Productions, a film and TV production company.

Ross commented: “I’m honoured to be chairing this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. As well as the great pleasure of spending time with four very talented judges, I’m thrilled to be part of this celebration of great writing and very much look forward to it.”

The £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a woman in English. It is now administered by the Society of Authors, which took over the role from BookTrust last month.

Last year’s winner was Lisa McInerney for her debut nove The Glorious Heresies (John Murray).

The 2017 prize will be awarded on June 7th at the Royal Festival Hall in London.