The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer Of The Year Award, in association with The University of Warwick 2018: Shadow Panel

SUnday Times Young Writer of the Year shadow judge I don’t think I’ve posted twice in one day before but today’s the day the Young Writer of the Year shadow judging panel is announced and I’m on it. Past winners of the award have included Sally Rooney’s  Conversations with Friends and Grief is a Thing with Feathers while both Sara Taylor’s The Lauras and The Shore have appeared on shortlists, all right up my literary street, As you can imagine, I’m delighted to be asked to take part and looking forward to meeting my fellow panelists who are:

Amanda – Bookish Chat

Lucy –  The Literary Edit

Lizzi – These Little Words

Paul – Half Man, Half Book

The judges this year are Andrew Holgate (Sunday Times Literary Editor), Kamila Shamsie and Susan Hill. We’ll be reading and thinking about the four books on their shortlist then getting together to thrash things out, amicably I’m sure. There’s an event at the Groucho Club on November 17th to look forward to where bloggers will be able to meet the shortlisted authors. If you’re a blogger and haven’t yet been invited but would like to attend it’s not too late to register, just click here. I’m hoping  that  some of the bloggers I’ve had so many bookish exchanges with over the years will be there.

The shortlist will be announced on November 4th. We shadow judges will be revealing our winner on November 28th while the real thing will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony on December 6th.

If you’d like to know more about the award you can find out here. We’ll all be posting our reviews of the shortlisted titles on our blogs over the next few weeks. You can find out what we’re up to by following us on Twitter using #YoungWriterAwardShadow

Wish me luck.

29 thoughts on “The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer Of The Year Award, in association with The University of Warwick 2018: Shadow Panel”

  1. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the shortlist. I’m relieved for you all that it’s back to 4 entries this year rather than last year’s 5 (and one was awfully long!). I’m so pleased you’re on the panel and I hope you thoroughly enjoy the experience.

      1. Yes, it’s a shame I happen to be busy. I don’t normally have many weekend commitments. I would have liked to meet/see everyone. I’ll be cheering you on via your blogs. If your experience is like ours last year, you’ll have chosen a clear winner well before the meet-up, which is just a formality, though enjoyable.

  2. Congrats. I was on the first Shadow jury and it was loads of fun. Unfortunately I can’t make the Groucho club event this year as I’ll be away but it would have been lovely to meet you. The event is always a lot of fun and is the perfect way to spend a winter’s afternoon.

  3. How lovely! Given your fondness debuts and new fiction, you seem like the ideal blogger for this shadow panel. I’m sure it’ll be a great experience for you and the other participants.

  4. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun with this. I love that the shadow jury can get together in person to talk things over (and meet)! Looking forward to the action. 🙂

  5. This sounds like a great group and a great project: I hope the experience is everything you’re all hoping for!

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