As the announcement of the winner comes ever closer, 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 six, the last in the series, is a conversation with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.
The shortlisted candidate for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize is interviewed by English Literature Undergraduate students Bronte Leek and Henry Lewis. These students have studied Tshuma’s shortlisted novel House of Stone as part of Swansea University’s exciting new module based on the literary prize.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma grew up in Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa and the USA. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction has featured in numerous anthologies, and she was awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for the best literary work in English.
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.