The Winner Takes it All? (cancelled)
It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled
For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.
Who decides what is prize-worthy, and how does prize culture fit within the state of society today? We’re joined by Anjali Joseph, Preti Taneja and Evie Wyld to discuss and debate whether the current prize model is working, and how judges may need to adapt in order to survive.
Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne. More recently she wrote for the Times of India in Bombay and was Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2008. Her first novel, Saraswati Park, was published by 4th Estate in 2010; it won the Betty Trask Prize, Desmond Elliott Prize, and Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction in India. Another Country, her second novel, was published in June 2012. Her third novel, The Living, was published by 4th Estate in March 2016. Website
‘Joseph’s is a deep and unusual talent; she attends to questions for which not every novelist is equipped.’ – Amit Chaudhuri, Guardian
Preti Taneja was born and grew up in the UK. She teaches writing in prisons and in universities, and has worked with youth charities and in conflict and post-conflict zones on minority and cultural rights. She is the co-founder of ERA Films, and of Visual Verse, the anthology of art and words. Her debut novel We That Are Young won the Desmond Elliott Prize and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Website
‘Brilliant… finely crafted… Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts: a page-turner that is also unabashedly political.’ – Guardian
Evie Wyld was born in London and grew up in Australia and South London. She studied creative writing at Bath Spa and Goldsmiths University. Her first novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin literary award. In 2013 she was included on Granta Magazine’s once a decade Best of Young British Novelists list. Her second novel All the Birds, Singing won the Miles Franklin Award, the Encore Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and the Sky Arts Times Breakthrough Award and longlisted for the Stella Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. She runs Review, a small independent bookshop in Peckham, south London. Website
‘One of our most gifted novelists.’ – The Observer
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This event is part of our curated journey titled ‘The Writing Life’. Book all four suggested events together and receive an automatic £1.00 discount on each ticket. Read more
City of Literature weekend is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.
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