Writer and performer Amy Mason of Bristol, UK today was named winner of the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize for her novel The Other Ida. Congratulations, Amy!
The Other Ida, which follows an angry and depressed twenty-something daughter of famous parents, will be published by Cargo Press as part of the £10,000 prize. Amy’s other accomplishments include an award-winning autobiographical show, The Islanders (2013 Ideas Tap/Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe Fund), with an illustrated script published by Nasty Little Press; and her latest show Mass, about her relationship with faith, performed at Bristol Old Vic this past July.
The DIB Prize runner-up this year is Rachel Fenton, a writer and artist living in New Zealand, for her novel Some Things the English.
Congratulations to Amy, Rachel, and all my shortlisted compadres from the 2014 cycle: Sheena Lambert of Dublin, Veronica Birch of the West Country, Rosaliene Bacchus of California, Jasper Dorgan of Wiltshire, Suzy Norman of London, Robin Martin of New York, and Lora Hughes of Yorkshire. An anthology of extracts from the 2014 Shortlist is available in e-Book format from Amazon, or in hard copy format from Literary Dundee.
The Dundee International Book Prize is a collaboration between the University of Dundee, Cargo Publishing, and Dundee City Council’s “One City Many Discoveries” campaign. Author Neil Gaiman, broadcaster Kirsty Lang, publisher Scott Pack, literary agent Felicity Blunt and writer Stuart Kelly were among the judges for the prize.
More about my submission, Sea Never Dry. Or better yet, read it on the compilation!