Judges 2018

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of six novels, Beautiful Mutants (1986); Swallowing Geography (1993); The Unloved (1994); Billy & Girl (1996), Swimming Home (2011), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2012 as well as the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, and Hot Milk (2016) which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. Deborah is also the author of a collection of short stories, Black Vodka (2013), which was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. Part 2 of Deborah’s autobiography, The Cost of Living, will be published in 2018.

Nicholas Lezard

Nicholas Lezard

Nicholas Lezard has been a literary critic for over thirty years, mostly for The Guardian, where his weekly column for the Review section (‘Nicholas Lezard's Choice’) championed the overlooked, the quirky, the unclassifiable. He was literary editor of the Modern Review in both its incarnations, wrote a book about the 2012 Olympics (The Nolympics) in seventeen days. His long-running “Down and Out” column in the New Statesman was turned into a book, Bitter Experience Has Taught Me, described by Howard Jacobson as “Irresistibly, invigoratingly funny”. He used to live in London.

Adam Mars-Jones (Chair)

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Adam Mars-Jones (Chair) is Research Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.  His books include the semi-infinite novel series Pilcrow, the study of a classic Japanese film Noriko Smiling and the memoir Kid Gloves. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books.

Elif Shafak

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Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator and an inspirational public speaker. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages. Shafak is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010. Her latest novel Three Daughters of Eve was published by Penguin in February 2017.