Tishani Doshi, an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent, joined in May this year the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest literary prize for young writers, as a judge for this year’s competition.
Tishani Doshi is the author of four books of poetry and fiction. Her most recent books include Fountainville (Seren), a retelling of a myth from the Mabinogion, and a collection of poems, Everything Begins Elsewhere.
Her appointment to the judging panel shows the global reach of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, which was launched in 2006. Sponsored by Swansea University, the Prize is aimed at encouraging creative talent worldwide. Previous winners have hailed from the US, Australia, Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Wales.
“It’s an honour to be a judge for a prize that invites writers from all the ‘ugly, lovely’ towns of the world,” she said.
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is the kind of prize all writers wish had been around when they were young. Rare in its intent to identify electrifying young talent, and utterly magnanimous in its scope, I’m delighted to be a part of this important centenary year.”
Other judges for the 2014 Prize are
• Peter Florence, Founder of the Hay Festival and Chairman of the judging panel
• Cerys Matthews, Author, singer and BBC 6 music presenter
• Alison Pearson, novelist and Daily Telegraph columnist
• Carolyn Hitt, journalist and author
• Nicholas Wroe, Guardian Review journalist
• Peter Stead, Founder and President of the International Dylan Thomas Prize
• Prof Kurt Heinzelmann, poet, translator and Professor of English, University of Texas