Skip to main content

The network for trade,
training and development 

24 September 2017

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.