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Roshi Fernando wins 2009 Impress Prize


Congratulations to Roshi Fernando, a PhD student in Creative Writing at Swansea University, who has won the 2009 Impress Prize for New Writers.  She was awarded the prize for her composite novel, Homesick, which comprises a series of interlinked short stories about a community of Sri Lankan immigrants in London.  Roshi will receive an advance of £500 and a publishing contract from Impress Books.  Homesick will be published in Autumn 2010.

The Impress Prize panel of judges included Professor Martin Sorrell from the University of Exeter’s department of French, Nigel Cavill, manager of Blackwell’s Bookshop in Exeter and Tamsin Ballard of Impress Books.  The chair of the judging panel, Martin Sorrell, said:  “The judges were impressed not just by the novel’s bold construction and the assurance of the writing, but also by the topical importance of its subject matter”. 

Professor Stevie Davies, FRSL, is Director of Swansea University’s Creative Writing programme.  She said:  “We are immensely proud of Roshi’s achievement in winning this prestigious prize:  she is a virtuoso writer, whose work is distinguished by unique flair, a powerful style and disciplined artistic intelligence.  Mentoring research students of Roshi’s calibre is a sheer joy.  It’s a deep satisfaction to see Creative Writing at Swansea going from strength to strength”.

The Impress Prize is now in its third year. Entries are now being accepted for the 2010 prize; for further information, please visit the Impress website.

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