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Five women make Dylan Thomas shortlist

22nd September 2010

Five female authors have been named on the six-strong shortlist of this year's University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize for Young Writers.

UK poet and playwright Caroline Bird's Watering Can and American Elyse Fenton's Clamor are among the works of poetry nominated for the GBP 30,000 prize. 

Novels on the shortlist include Eleanor Catton's The Rehearsal and Emily Mackie's And This Is True, alongside Nadifa Mohamed for her work Black Mamba Boywhich featured on the Orange Prize for Fiction longlist. Karan Mahajan,the sole male on the list, has been nominated for his novel Family Planning.

Peter Florence, chair of the awards' judging panel, said an 'incredible diversity of culture, experience and geography' can be seen in the shortlist.

'I'm thrilled at the quality and range of the shortlisted books, but what's most exciting for the jury is that at this stage they're all equally favoured, and everyone's in with a shot,' he added.

The winner of the award will be announced on December 1st.  

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