This year is the twentieth year of the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction and the year has been marked by several big events. Originally called the Orange Prize, Bailey’s took over in 2014 keeping the important award for women’s writers alive.
Last night the 2017 winner, the twentieth winner of the prize was announced as British author Naomi Alderman for her fourth novel The Power. The decision was announced at an awards ceremony at Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre, London where the author was presented with her £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine.
The shortlisted books were announced back in early April, and are receiving rave reviews from readers. It’s from this shortlist that the winner is chosen.
It’s the second time Naomi Alderman has won the coveted prize. In 2006, the authors debut novel collected the Orange Prize for New Writers.
The Power is Alderman’s fourth novel , a sci-fi novel that sees a power twist in society. Suddenly teenage girls find they can inflict pain and death with a flick of their fingers and what follows has been described as The Handmaid’s Tale for the Gone Girl generation. Margaret Atwood herself called the novel ‘electrifying’, and what is now certain is that it’ll be a bestseller.
The National Book Awards is one of the oldest and most prestigious literary prizes known and each year honours winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and this year also honoured Annie Proulx, and Richard Robinson, Chairman, President & CEO of Scholastic. Read More
Alys Conran was awarded with three prizes at the awards ceremony including the people’s choice winner. Pigeon is a tale of childhood, growing up and the complications that come with that, and while it’s set on a Welsh hillside, it’s likely to speak to people the world over. Read More
The YA Book Prize has been running in the UK and Ireland since 2014, and serves to champion the breadth and brilliance of Young Adult writing. The deadline is a couple of months away yet so authors have time to prepare! Read More
What is BBC 100 Women?
A survey in 26 different languages was set out and gained responses from women all over the world. Participants of 100 women were chosen to attend a conference in which they discussed challenges they faced in their daily lives. Since the first series they have covered topics such as education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
Each annual series provides women with a platform to examine every day sexism they face and discuss how to improve the world. Women from all over the globe, and diverse fields of expertise, are included on the BBC 100 Women list. The list includes some celebrities, and many unknown heroic champions of women.