Orange Broadband Award Shortlist Announced

Posted: April 24, 2007 in Hot Book News

The shortlist for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers has been announced. Funny, but front and center on this list is a book I could NOT get along with, Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allen. I couldn’t abide reading it, for no reason I’m able to articulate save it just didn’t appeal at the time, but I could see it was well-written. I don’t know that I thought it well enough written to be nominated for an award, but I had to drop it very early on so that will go to show me, now, won’t it?

The Orange Broadband award is for a first work of fiction, including novels, short story collections and novellas, written in English by a woman of any age or nationality and published as a book in the UK. The award confers honor on emerging talent and the evidence of future potential. The winner will receive a £10,000 prize funded by Arts Council England.

The 2007 shortlist:

Clare Allan – Poppy Shakespeare (Bloomsbury)

Roopa Farooki – Bitter Sweets (Macmillan)

Karen Connelly – The Lizard Cage (Harvill Secker)

The judges for the 2007 Orange Broadband Award:

Jackie Kay, (chair) Poet and Novelist

Katie Owen, Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph

Naomi Alderman, Novelist and winner of the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2006

The winner will be announced at the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction award ceremony on June 6. Best of luck to all the nominees! And to Clare Allen especially, SORRY ABOUT THAT! You go, girl.

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