Guy Gunaratne

IDT Prize Winner Podcast: Guy Gunaratne

Revisit the interview podcast with International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019 winner Guy Gunaratne, author of the shortlisted In Our Mad and Furious City.

Gunaratne was interviewed by English Literature Undergraduate students Nathan Phillips and Amy Jones as part of the shortlist podcast series in the build up to the announcement of the winner last week.

Guy Gunaratne grew up in North West London. He has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world, as well as co-founding two technology companies. He was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian Books B4ME Short Story Prize.

Launched in 2006, the annual Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers, aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. It celebrates and nurtures international literary excellence.

The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.

Dylan Thomas, the quintessential adolescent writer, was ideally suited to serve as an inspiration to young writers everywhere. The freshness and immediacy of his writing were qualities that he never lost. The Prize seeks to ensure that readers today will have the chance to savour the vitality and sparkle of a new generation of young writers.