The nominees for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction have been revealed. The shortlist for the £25,000 prize includes Sebastian Barry, for the Costa award-winning Days Without End, Rose Tremain and Graham Swift (for Mothering Sunday) among others. The winner will be announced on 17 June.
In other book news:
The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize has been awarded to poet and playwright Kiran Millwood Hargrave for The Girl of Ink and Stars. The debut novel is about a girl named Isabella, whose best friend Lupa vanishes on the island they live on. Isabella then journeys to find her by investigating the island’s myths and mysteries using her cartographer father’s maps. The win was announced by Chris Riddell, the children’s laureate, last week.
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The £5,000 Ted Hughes prize for poetry now has a winner, presented by Carol Ann Duffy on Wednesday by the Poetry Society. Hollie McNish, a star of YouTube, beat out competition to obtain the prize for her poetry collection/memoir Nobody Told Me, which focuses on motherhood and life post-pregnancy.