Warwick Prize for Writing longlist revealed
2nd December 2010
The 11 titles on the longlist for the biennial Warwick Prize for Writing have been confirmed.
Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna are the only works of fiction in competition for the GBP 50,000 award.
Two poetry collections - Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip and White Egrets by Derek Walcott - have also been nominated for the prize, which is themed around 'colour' in 2011.
The remaining six titles are non-fiction works and include Colour and Meaning in Ancient Rome by Mark Bradley, Peter Forbes' Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage and The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences by Peter D. McDonald.
Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky, Iain Sinclair's Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire and What Color is the Sacred? by Michael Taussig complete the longlist.
Children's novelist and poet Michael Rosen, chair of the judging panel, commented: 'This is a wide-ranging, fascinating list of books covering the genres of poetry, non-fiction and fiction with a hybrid or two thrown in, all of which can be viewed through the lens of the word "colour".'
In 2009, Naomi Klein won the first Warwick Prize for Writing, which took 'complexity' as its theme, with The Shock Doctrine.