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Bettany Hughes to chair 2011 Orange Prize

15th December 2010

The writers, broadcasters and publishing industry insiders on the judging panel for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction have been confirmed.

Historian, author and presenter Bettany Hughes has been named as the chair of the panel for the GBP 30,000 award, which celebrates originality and excellence in women's writing.

Hughes said she is 'amazed' by the mental, physical and intellectual worlds that exist in fiction and is already looking forward to reading through the submissions for the prize.

'Looking back over the narrative of women in world civilisation over the last 5,000 years and the struggle they have had to hold centre stage, there's no doubt that the Orange Prize adds hugely to that story,' she commented.

Actress and writer Helen Lederer, journalist and broadcaster Susanna Reid, novelist Tracy Chevalier and Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions, complete the 2011 Orange Prize's judging panel.

The longlist for the award will be announced during March, with the shortlist to follow on April 12th. The winner of the honour will be named on June 8th.

This year, American author Barbara Kingsolver won the Orange Prize for Fiction for The Lacuna, which was praised for its 'shattering moments of poignancy'.
 

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