Namita Gokhale

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Namita Gokhale is an Indian writer, publisher and festival director.  She is the author of sixteen books including nine works of fiction.  Her debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion was first published in 1984, and has remained a cult classic.  The Himalayan trilogy includes the recent Things to Leave Behind, considered her most ambitious novel yet.  She has worked extensively on Indian myth and also written two books for young readers. 

Namita is a co-founder and co-director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, considered the largest free literary festival in the world, as well as of ‘Mountain Echoes’, the annual Bhutan Literature Festival.  She is also a director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specialised in translation. 

Kurt Heinzelman

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Professor Kurt Heinzelman is a poet, translator, and scholar. His most recent book of poems is Whatever You May Say and he has translated Demarcations, a collection of poems by Jean Follain. He has been the Executive Curator at the Harry Ransom Center and the Director of Education at the Blanton Museum of Art. 

A Professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin specializing in Poetry and Poetics and a teacher in the Michener Center for Writers, he is also the former Editor-in-Chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL), and the co-founder and longtime Advisory Editor of Bat City Review

Paul McVeigh

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Paul McVeigh began his writing career in Belfast as a playwright before moving to London to write comedy which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on London's West End.  His short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and 'Hollow' was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017.

His debut novel The Good Son won The Polari First Novel Prize and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France.  He is associate director of Word Factory, the UK's national organisation for excellence in the short story and he is founder of the London Short Story Festival.  Paul's work has been translated into seven languages. 

Rachel Trezise

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Rachel Trezise is a novelist and playwright from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. Her debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl won a place on the Orange Futures list in 2001 and has recently been added to the Library of Wales series. Her debut short fiction collection Fresh Apples won the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006. Her second short fiction collection Cosmic Latte won the Edge Hill Prize Readers’ Award in 2014. Her stage plays are Tonypandemonium and We’re Still Here produced by National Theatre Wales in 2013 and 2017. A new novel, Wonderful, will be published in June 2018. A new short story collection and two new plays are forthcoming.

Dai Smith


Professor Dai Smith CBE is a distinguished historian and writer on Welsh arts and culture.  As a Broadcaster he has won numerous awards for arts and historical documentaries and from 1992 to 2000 was Head of Programmes at BBC Wales.  He was Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan from 2001 until 2005 and is currently the Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University.

He was Chair of the Arts Council of Wales from 2006 until 2016 and is Series Editor of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Library of Wales for classic works. In 2013, he published a novel Dream On and in 2014 edited definitive anthologies of Welsh short stories, Story I & II, for the Library of Wales. His latest fiction, the novella What I Know I Cannot Say, and the linked short stories All That Lies Beneath, was published by Parthian Books in 2017.

Professor Smith is Chair of the Judging Panel.