Shortlisted authors

This year’s seven internationally-acclaimed shortlisted writers come from a rich mix of background influences: Wales, England, Ireland, Jamaica, the United States, Russia and New Zealand.  

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries (Granta).

Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand.  

She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches creative writing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland.

Her debut novel The Rehearsal (2008) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, The Luminaries, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award. (Image R Catto)

Joshua Ferris - Winner 2014

Joshua Ferris

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour 
(Viking).

Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974.

In addition to To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, he is the author of two previous novels: Then We Came to the End, which was nominated for the National Book Award, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and the highly acclaimed The Unnamed.

In 2010 Joshua Ferris was selected for The New Yorker's '20 Under 40' list of fiction writers.  He lives in New York.

Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
(Faber & Faber).

Eimear McBride was born in 1976 and grew up in the west of Ireland. In 1994, aged seventeen, she went to London and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre. Much of her twenties were spent temping and travelling.

At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. It won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize, was shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize and won the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eimear moved to Cork in 2006, and Norwich in 2011, where she still lives with her husband and daughter.  She is currently working on her second novel.

Kseniya Melnik

Kseniya Melnik

Snow in May
(Fourth Estate).

Kseniya Melnik was born in Magadan in the northeast of Russia and immigrated to Alaska in 1998, at the age of fifteen.

The New York Times said “Snow in May,” "takes us deep into the complex fabric of Magadan, an isolated fishing and mining town in the northern reaches of Russia that once served as a transit center for prisoners dispatched to Stalin’s labor camps."

She earned an MFA from New York University. Her work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Epoch, Prospect, Virginia Quarterly Review, and was selected for Granta's New Voices series.  She lives in El Paso, Texas.

Kei Miller

Kei Miller

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press).

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978.

His poetry has been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year.

His fiction has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First book and has won the Una Marson Prize. In 2013 the Caribbean Rhodes Trust named him the Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies.  (Image Christine Fourie)

Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers

Mametz (National Theatre Wales).

Owen Sheers has written two collections of poetry, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill, which won a Somerset Maugham award.

His verse drama Pink Mist won Wales Book of the Year and the Hay Festival Poetry Medal. His non-fiction includes The Dust Diaries and Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby. His first novel Resistance has been translated into ten languages and was made into a film in 2011.  His plays include The PassionThe Two Worlds of Charlie F. and Mametz. Owen wrote and presented BBC Four's 'A Poet's Guide to Britain'.  His second novel I Saw A Man will be published by Faber in 2015.

Naomi Wood

Naomi Wood

Mrs Hemingway (Picador).

Naomi Wood was born in 1983 and lives in London.

She studied at Cambridge and at UEA for her MA in Creative Writing.

Originally from York, she has gone on to live in Hong Kong, Paris and Washington DC.

She is the author of The Godless Boys and Mrs. Hemingway.

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