Polari First Book Prize

 
 

Polari First Book Prize 2016 winner revealed

 

The winner of the Polari First Book Prize was announced last night (Friday, October 14, 2016) at the Polari Literary Salon in London’s Southbank Centre by founder and chair of judges Paul Burston.


Now in its sixth year, the Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.


This year’s winner is Paul McVeigh for The Good Son (Salt). He received a trophy courtesy of Out News Global and a cheque for £1000 courtesy of FMcM Associates.


The six shortlisted titles were:


Blood Relatives, Stevan Alcock (Fourth Estate)

Sugar and Snails, Anne Goodwin (Inspired Quill)

Trans, Juliet Jacques (Verso)

Different for Girls, Jacquie Lawrence (Zitebooks)

Physical, Andrew McMillan (Jonathan Cape)

The Good Son, Paul McVeigh (Salt)


The 2016 prize is judged by a panel comprising of chair Paul Burston, author, journalist and host of Polari literary salon; Rachel Holmes, author and former Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank; Suzi Feay, literary critic; VG Lee, author and comedian and Alex Hopkins, writer and editor.


The announcement comes as Polari continues on its third annual tour, funded by Arts Council England –


Polari on Tour – Key Dates:


JULY 28 – PRE-TOUR LAUNCH AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON

SEP 8 – CHAPTER, CARDIFF

SEP 22 – BISHOPS STORTFORD LIBRARY

SEP 28 – PRINTWORKS, HASTINGS

OCT 14 – MARLBOROUGH THEATRE, BRIGHTON

OCT 21 – NOTTINGHAM WRITERS’ STUDIO

NOV 4 – ASSEMBLY ROXY, EDINBURGH

NOV 11 – IDEAS STORE, TOWER HAMLETS

NOV 15 – HOVE LIBRARY

NOV 18 – GRAND THEATRE, BLACKPOOL

NOV 19 - MAC BIRMINGHAM

NOV 21 – FRUIT SPACE, HULL

NOV 23 – NEWCASTLE CITY LIBRARY

NOV 25 – END OF TOUR AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON


Polari First Book Prize partners include WH Smiths Travel and FMcM.


For further information please contact Christopher Bone at FMcM Associates 0207 405 7422 or chrisb@fmcm.co.uk


www.polariliterarysalon.co.uk


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