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Dylan Thomas Prize holds launch event in Boston

2nd March 2010

Leading lights from the literary and cultural worlds have attended the launch of the biennial 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.

An event at the British Consulate in Boston yesterday (March 1st) celebrated another year of the competition, which seeks to find the world's best young writers.

Professor Peter Stead, chair of the Dylan Thomas Prize, poet Kurt Heinzelman, author Tessa Dahl and former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky were among the writers presenting lectures and performing readings at the event.

The gala also featured a debate on the unique structure of the award, which pits poetry, novels, novellas, short stories, stage plays and screenplays from emerging authors against each other for the GBP 30,000 prize.

Professor Stead commented: 'The prize was given this unique format as a reflection of Dylan Thomas' own writing - for he was a poet, prose writer and playwright. Just as with the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer, our judges seek excellence.'

In 2008, Nam Le was named the winner of the prize for The Boat, receiving GBP 60,000.

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