The 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize – the shortlist for the 2013 prize
This year’s list comprises fiction, poetry and non-fiction and the judges Margaret Drabble, Julia Blackburn and Ian Jack have commented of the award:
"A place, whether it is a small room, a forest floor, or an entire continent, is defined by the limitations and freedoms it offers and by the layers of emotion and history it contains. For this prize we are trying to see where and how this elusive spirit has been best captured in a book, of poetry, fiction, biography or personal memoir."
Liam Carson Call mother a lonely field (Seren/Poetry Wales Press)
The RSL Ondaatje Prize is now in its tenth year.
The 2013 judges are Julia Blackburn, Margaret Drabble and Ian Jack. Previous years’ judges have included Nick Laird, Don Paterson, Ali Smith, Sarah Waters, Selina Hastings, Roddy Doyle, Rory Stewart and the late Dame Beryl Bainbridge.
Founded by George IV in 1820, the Royal Society of Literature nurtures, celebrates and defends all that is best in British literature, past and present, organising talks, discussions and readings; makeing awards to established and emerging writers; running a series of creative writing masterclasses in collaboration with the Booker Prize Foundation; and campaigning in the interest of writers.