Over the next few weeks, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and Swansea University will be publishing a series of podcast interviews with the shortlisted authors of this year’s prize. Episode three is with Guy Gunaratne, author of the shortlisted In Our Mad and Furious City. Wales Arts Review is very pleased to be co-publishing these podcasts in the run up to the announcement of the winner on May 16th.
The shortlisted candidate for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize is interviewed by English Literature Undergraduate students Nathan Phillips and Amy Jones. These students have studied Gunartne’s shortlisted novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ as part of Swansea University’s exciting new module based on the literary prize
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.