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Moving McFarlane book claims Dylan Thomas Prize


12 May 2017

Dr Fiona McFarlane accepted the International Dylan Thomas Prize at a ceremony in Wales.
Dr Fiona McFarlane accepted the International Dylan Thomas Prize at a ceremony in Wales.

Creative writing lecturer Dr Fiona McFarlane has won a prestigious literary prize for young authors, with her second book, The High Places.

The judges of the International Dylan Thomas Prize praised the 'mastery of form' in the Australian author's 13 short stories, which span countries and eras to portray a moving series of characters.

The £30,000 prize is amongst the richest awards available for young fiction writers and is given to the best work of English language fiction, written by an author aged 39 or under.

"The High Places, the judges thought, was highly varied in tone and brought the reader to characters, situations and places which were haunting in their oddity and moving in their human empathy. This is a mature work by a young writer who exemplifies the international spirit of this prize," said judging chair, Professor Dai Smith, of Swansea University.

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