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Women dominate Thomas Award nominations

Five of the six writers shortlisted for this year’s incarnation of the Dylan Thomas Award, which is a £30,000 prize given to the best published writer in English who is under 30.

The Beeb summed up the candidates quiet nicely:

Caroline Bird: UK poet and playwright, 23, the first writer to be nominated twice for the prize – for her third collection Watering Can

Nadifa Mohamed: Novelist, 28, who said Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood was the inspiration for her work Black Mamba Boy which describes a journey from her Somalia homeland to Port Talbot

Eleanor Catton: Novelist 24, who grew up in New Zealand explores the controversial topic of an affair between a high school girl and her teacher in The Rehearsal

Karan Mahajan: Indian-born, 26 and the only man on the shortlist, with his debut novel Family Planning

Elyse Fenton: US poet, 29, with her acclaimed collection Clamor, a book of war poety in which a woman reflects on her lover fighting in Afghanistan

Emilie Mackie: Born in Winchester, aged 27, she based her novel And This is True in the Scottish Highlands where she grew up

The winner will be announced on 1 December.

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