Posted: 4 May 2016
The six shortlisted titles were announced as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival and were selected from a list of 113 eligible submissions, put forward by 41 different publishing houses and imprints.
Roehampton’s Dr Smythe makes his entry with his novel Way Down Dark, his first novel for young adults and the first book in his Australia trilogy. The story follows 17 year old Chan, whose ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago in search of a new home. Chan makes an extraordinary discovery - a way to return from Australia to Earth.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Tom Hunter, Award Director, said: “When it’s your Award’s 30th anniversary you secretly hope for something that little bit extra special in your shortlist, and I think the judges have delivered on that promise and more this year.
“This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist. Look once and I’m sure everyone will see a choice they agree with. Look twice and you’ll likely see a new book you want to read next. Look a third time though, and I hope you’ll see how well all of these six books sit together, and how they represent a particular special moment in time for UK science fiction. In other words, like all great books, this is a shortlist that rewards the more you read into it.”
The judging panel features David Gullen, Andrew McKie and Ian Whates from British Science Fiction Association, Liz Bourke from Science Fiction Foundation and Leila Abu El Hawa from SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th August.
The shortlist in full:
The Print Room hosts award winning Roehampton poet, David Harsent
Notting Hill venue, The Print Room at the Coronet, hosted Professor David Harsent as part of the Autumn/ Winter poetry season.
Posted: 31 October 2017
RoeReads is back for its third year
The University, in association with the Booker Prize Foundation, is offering every student a copy of this year's RoeReads book, Room by Emma Donoghue.
Posted: 19 October 2017
Robert Graves Prize winner announced
The Poetry Centre, and Wimbledon BookFest, are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Robert Graves Prize, judged by Professor Fiona Sampson and literary agent Peter Straus. This prize was kindly sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects.
Posted: 4 October 2017