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Lisa Appignanesi to chair Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize

17th January 2011

Writer and broadcaster Lisa Appignanesi has been appointed as the chair of the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2011.

Appignanesi, who was president of English PEN from 2007 to 2010 and has written works such as Memory and Desire, The Things We Do for Love and Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800, will head a four-strong panel.

Joining her is Sunday Telegraph literary editor Michael Prodger, BBC executive producer Emily Kasriel and Wellcome Trust head of special projects in public engagement Dr Daniel Glaser.

The prize, which is now in its 34th year, is the only UK award to recognise writing that promotes an interest in themes of Jewish concern.

A shortlist of four writers will be unveiled in April, before the winner of the GBP 4,000 prize is named in May.

Last year, the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize was scooped by Adina Hoffman for her biography book My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness.

Anne Karpf, chair of the 2010 judging panel, praised the title for its 'literary sensitivity and a deep humanity', adding that it is a 'beautifully written portrait of lived resistance'.
 

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