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, beginning with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. 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.
Adjei-Brenyah is interviewed by BA English with Creative Writing Students Will Turnbull, Dan Morgan and Danni Scott. These students have studied Adjei-Brenyah’s shortlisted short story collection Friday Black as part of Swansea University’s exciting new module based on the literary prize.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times best-selling author of Black Friday. Originally from Spring Valley, New York, he graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, and the Paris Review. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honourees.
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.