Polari First Book Prize 2017 shortlist
9 August 2017
Expecting - Chitra Ramaswamy's
pregnancy memoir published by Saraband - has been shortlisted for
the Polari First Book Prize 2017. 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 shortlist brings together three male and three
female writers hailing from Kuwait to Cardiff, whose eclectic body
of work offers a range of perspectives on the LGBT experience.
Along with Expecting, which was a joint winner of the
Saltire Society First Book of the Year 2017, the Polari Prize
- Guapa by Saleem Haddad (Europa Editions UK)
- We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by
Jules Grant (Myriad)
- Straight Jacket by Matthew Todd (Bantam)
- The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise by Crystal Jeans
- Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega-Medina (Cloud
Chair of judges Paul Burston said: "We are delighted with the
breadth and strength of the work this year, which spans such a
broad range of countries, cultures and experiences… "
Judges for the 2017 prize include author, journalist and host of
Polari Literary Salon, chair Paul Burston; Rachel Holmes, author
and former Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank;
literary critic, Suzi Feay; author and comedian, VG Lee; and
playwright, actor and producer, Alexis Gregory.
The overall winner will be revealed at the London Literature
Festival on 13 October at the Southbank Centre.