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Michael Rosen to chair Warwick Prize for Writing

22nd January 2010

Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen will chair the judging panel for the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing.

The GBP 50,000 prize, launched in 2008 by the University of Warwick, is held every two years, focusing on a different theme and looking to identify excellence and innovation in literature.

Next year's competition will examine 'colour' and is open to substantial pieces of writing in English from any genre or form.

Rosen commented: 'This is a prize that matches people's reading habits: most of us read across genres, hopping from fiction to journalism to history to biography.'

He also predicted that the hardest challenge facing the panel will be comparing books which other prizes consider to be too dissimilar to compete with each other.

'We'll have to raise our game to cope with that, I think,' the writer added.

Last year, Naomi Klein was named as the winner of the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing for The Shock Doctrine.

Klein was selected from a shortlist which included Lisa Appignanesi, Francisco Goldman, Stuart Kauffman, Alex Ross and Enrique Vila-Matas.

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