Thomas Shortlist 'Thunderingly Good Stories Written with Maturity, Flair and Confidence' AFRICANS, CANADIAN, ENGLISH AND AMERICAN UP FOR AWARD

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Thomas Shortlist 'Thunderingly Good Stories Written with Maturity, Flair and Confidence' AFRICANS, CANADIAN, ENGLISH AND AMERICAN UP FOR AWARD


Byline: STEFFAN RHYS steffan.rhys@walesonline.co.uk

DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE SHORTLIST: THE AUTHORS MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD: SEATING ARRANGEMENTS Shipstead was born in Orange County, California, in 1983. She graduated in English and American Literature from Harvard in 2005 and with an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2008, where she was mentored by Zadie Smith.

Seating Arrangements is her first novel but she has written short fiction for publications such as The Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, The Mississippi Review, and Subtropics.

DW WILSON: ONCE YOU BREAK A KNUCKLE Born and raised in Kootenay Valley, British Columbia, where his father was stationed as a corporal of Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Wilson graduated with honours in Philosophy and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where his mentor was Andrew Cowan, author of Pig and What I Know.

Now a PhD candidate in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, he is the recipient of the University's inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship and the Dean's Postgraduate Studentship. Wilson has published stories in literary magazines across Canada, Ireland and the UK. His tale The Dead Roads won the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award, making Wilson the youngest ever recipient CHIBUNDU ONUZO: THE SPIDER KING'S DAUGHTER Chibundu, whose full name is Imachibundu Oluwadara Onuzo, grew up in Lagos, Nigeria as the youngest of four children to doctor parents.

After receiving a first in History from King's College, London in July 2012, she is currently doing an MA in Public Policy at UCL. The Spider King's Daughter is her first novel, and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists.

ANDREA EAMES: THE WHITE SHADOW Eames was born in England but grew up in Zimbabwe, where her first two novels are set.

There she attended Jewish, Hindu, American and Catholic schools, and her family moved to New Zealand when she was 17 to escape the turbulent political situation. There, she met her now husband, whom she married in 2007.

They have now moved to Austin Texas. She wrote her first novel at 15 in England, where she had been sent to live with family to avoid the escalating violence in Zimbabwe, and it was published in Zimbabwe. Her Masters project at Canterbury became her first "real" novel, The Cry of the Go Away Bird. The White Shadow is her second.

TOM BENN: THE DOLL PRINCESS Tom Benn was born in 1987, and grew up in Stockport. He is a graduate of UEA's Creative Writing MA programme, and was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury bursary.

The Doll Princess is his first novel, and has been longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and shortlisted for the Portico Prize. Now living in Norwich, his sequel entitled Chamber Music will be published early next year, and has been described by his publisher as "an electrifying noir novel about lost loves, stolen drugs and dragons".

A 21-YEAR-OLD Nigerian novelist is the youngest of five rising literary stars shortlisted for the 2012 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.

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