Judges 2017

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels 'City of Bohane' and 'Beatlebone' and the  story collections, 'Dark Lies the Island' and 'There Are Little Kingdoms'. In addition to the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015, his awards include the IMPAC Dublin City Literary Award, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the European Union Prize for Literature. In 2016, he recieved the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, the Stinging Fly, and many journals. His work has been translated intio 16 languages. He also writes screenplays, stage plays and radio plays. He lives in County Sligo.

A. L. Kennedy

A. L. Kennedy

A. L. Kennedy is the author of 19 books: 7 novels, 7 collections of short stories and 3 books of non-fiction. She has also written a novel in the BBC/Random House series and a book for children 'Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure'. Her most recent novel 'Serious Sweet' was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She also writes for the stage, radio, film and TV and a number of national and international newspapers. She performs comedy and one person shows and occasionally works as a broadcaster. She has won a number of awards including the Costa Prize, a Lannan Award and the Austrian State Prize for International Literature. She has twice been included in the Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists. She was awarded the 2016 Heinrich Heine Prize.

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn is a singer, songwriter and writer. After forming her first band, Marine Girls while still at school, she delivered her breakthrough debut mini solo album, 'A Distant Shore' in 1982. She then spent seventeen years with Ben Watt in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl. After a self-imposed hiatus to focus on family life in 2000, she returned to her solo work in 2007. Since then she has released three further solo albums, one movie soundtrack, a clutch of singles and two books, including the Sunday Times-best-selling memoir, 'Bedsit Disco Queen'. She has also collaborated with other artists including Massive Attack and John Grant. She currently writes a twice-monthly column for The New Statesman.

Naomi Wood (Chair)

Naomi Wood

Naomi Wood is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. She is the author of 'The Godless Boys' and the award-winning 'Mrs. Hemingway', which won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Award, and was a Richard and Judy bookclub choice. She grew up in York and Hong Kong, and studied at Cambridge and UEA for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She lives in London with her family, and is at work on her third novel set during the Bauhaus in 1920s Germany. Naomi is also developing her screenplay work in adaptations of books into film.