The Orange Prize for Fiction is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
Katy of Chichester Copywriter is really looking forward to visiting her local Library to hear three award winning Chichester-based authors, Isabel Ashdown (Glasshopper, Myriad Editions, 2009; Hurry Up and Wait, Myriad Editions, 2011), Gabrielle Kimm (His Last Duchess, Sphere, 2010; The Courtesan’s Lover, Sphere, 2011) and Jane Rusbridge (The Devil’s Music, Bloomsbury, 2010) discuss the pros and cons of this year’s shortlisted Orange Prize books.
This year’s shortlist is:
- Emma Donoghue (Irish) – Room; Picador; 7th Novel
- Aminatta Forna (British/Sierra Leonean) – The Memory of Love; Bloomsbury; 2nd Novel
- Emma Henderson (British) – Grace Williams Says it Loud; Sceptre; 1st Novel
- Nicole Krauss (American) – Great House; Viking; 3rd Novel
- Téa Obreht (Serbian/American) – The Tiger’s Wife; Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st Novel
- Kathleen Winter (Canadian) – Annabel; Jonathan Cape; 1st Novel
The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:
- Bettany Hughes, (Chair), Broadcaster, Historian and Author
- Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions
- Tracy Chevalier, Novelist
- Helen Lederer, Actress and Writer
- Susanna Reid, Journalist and Broadcaster
Before the evening’s out the winner will be announced. But will Chichester’s creative writers will agree with the judges’ decision?
Tickets cost just £1.50 and are available from Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester. Light refreshments will also be available on the evening.
Photograph courtesy of Natalie Miller