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19 November 2018

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 shortlist features:

  • 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 (Honno)
  • Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega-Medina (Cloud Lodge)

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.


For more news about prizes, see Prizes and Awards in our Publishing Calendar.