Chitra Ramaswamy’s Expecting shortlisted for Polari First Book Prize
Posted on August 1, 2017
Expecting – Chitra Ramaswamy’s pregnancy memoir – has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize, which is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.
This year’s shortlist brings together three male and three female writers hailing from Kuwait to Cardiff, whose eclectic body of work offers a range of perspectives on the LGBT experience.
Along with Expecting, which also won the Saltire Society First Book of the Year, the Polari Prize shortlist features:
•Guapa – Saleem Haddad (Europa Editions UK)
•We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire – Jules Grant (Myriad)
•Straight Jacket – Matthew Todd (Bantam)
•The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise – Crystal Jeans (Honno)
•Jerusalem Ablaze – Orlando Ortega-Medina (Cloud Lodge)
Chair of judges Paul Burston said: “We are delighted with the breadth and strength of the work this year, which spans such a broad range of countries, cultures and experiences… ”
Judges for the 2017 prize include author, journalist and host of Polari Literary Salon, chair Paul Burston; Rachel Holmes, author and former Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank; literary critic, Suzi Feay; author and comedian, VG Lee; and playwright, actor and producer, Alexis Gregory.
The overall winner will be revealed at the London Literature Festival on October 13 at the Southbank Centre.