University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize Announces 2012 Longlist

Posted on 31 July 2012

Peter Stead and Hannah Ellis

Yesterday, at the newly revamped Dylan Thomas Centre, the granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, Hannah Ellis, announced the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2012 longlist which features two of its youngest ever entrants.

Announcing the longlist in the author’s hometown of Swansea, Hannah revealed that 10 literary works, made up of eight novels and two short story collections, had been selected. Spanning three continents, the selected writers hail from as far afield as Canada, the USA, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, along with five from the UK.

This year’s longlist includes two of the Prize’s youngest ever entrants – British writer Ben Brooks, aged just 20, is in contention for the award with his novel Grow Up along with 21 year old Chibundu Onuzo from Nigeria whose novel The Spider King’s Daughter also makes the list.

Founding Chairman of the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, Peter Stead, said: “Once again we have another quality longlist with an extensive international span. The calibre of the ten longlisted works is outstanding and I’m sure the next few weeks are going to see a number of heated debates as the judging panel whittles down this list of 10 extremely talented young writers to the final shortlist for this years Prize.”

Further information about the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, as well as details on the 2012 longlist can be viewed on the website –


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