Winner of Inaugural Jhalak Prize for BAME Authors Announced

By March 18, 2017Literary Awards, News

The Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (BAME) was only set up last year, to challenge the lack of diversity in literature, and the first winner is announced as Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.

The prize was founded last year to improve the poor representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and was funded by an anonymous donor. Now the first year is complete, it’s announced that the prize will run again next year.

Upon announcement of the award, just 51 books were submitted for entry, despite it being open to all genres and even self published writers. This, organisers say just shows up the lack of diversity in literature. After a second appeal, 121 books were finally submitted and The Bone Readers is the overall winner.

The Bone Readers follows the story of Digger, a plainclothes police officer working in a rogue police force on the Caribbean island of Camaho who has a special talent of being able to read bones under LED lights. The novel is the first of a quartet following the character and has been received well.

Ross is the author of two short story collections, The Bone Readers and the 2009 acclaimed novel Pynter Bender.

Regional Award for The Big Comfy Bookshop

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The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry is exactly as the name suggests. An independent bookshop café, the store is warm and welcoming and a firm favourite of For Reading Addict’s Shan, and clearly she’s not the only one as the shop has picked up a regional award.

What’s On Magazine has named The Big Comfy Bookshop Best Independent Coffee Shop/Café in Coventry & Warwickshire, proving that books and coffee go together perfectly! Read More

Winner of Inaugural Jhalak Prize for BAME Authors Announced

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The Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (BAME) was only set up last year, to challenge the lack of diversity in literature, and the first winner is announced as Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.

The prize was founded last year to improve the poor representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and was funded by an anonymous donor. Now the first year is complete, it’s announced that the prize will run again next year. Read More

British Book Awards: Shortlists 2017 – Fiction Book of the Year

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The British Book Awards shortlists have been announced for 2017, covering a large range of books and genres. The shortlists cover six categories with six selections in each category and this week we’ll be bringing you one category a day, allowing you to savour the entire shortlist.

From this year, the Bookseller will host the British Book Awards, and it’s meant a few changes that we think readers will appreciate. Read More

Wellcome Prize Shortlist 2017 Announced

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The Wellcome Prize in Literature offers an annual award for excellent in science and health writing, pitting fiction against nonfiction. The 12 book longlist was announced in January and this year’s judges are author Simon Baron-Cohen, author Gemma Cairney, author, Val McDermid, author Tim Lewens and radio editor Di Speirs. Read More

2017 Stella Prize Shortlist

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Some of us outside of Australia may not have heard about the Stella Prize, as it is relatively new and is concerned with celebrating Australian women’s writing. The organisation champions cultural change through the work of female Australian authors, and since its conception in 2013 has fast become a major literary prize.

Named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, the prize’s focus is on recognising and celebrating both fiction and nonfiction.

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Portico Literature Award Under Threat After Losing Sponsor

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The Portico Prize for Literature is so esteemed it’s dubbed the “Booker Prize of the North”, but the entire award is under threat with the news that it will not be presented this year.

The Zochonis Charitable Trust has long supported the prize putting up the £10,000 prize money for the fiction and nonfiction categories. However, philanthropist Sir John Zochonis sadly passed away last year and now the trust says it cannot extend its ongoing support to the awards. Read More



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