Swansea reading group to have say in The Man Booker Prize


Swansea reading group to have say in The Man Booker Prize

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 10, 2011

IT’S one of the most prestigious literature prizes open to writers, and a reading group from Swansea will help decide the winner.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which was first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction writing by rewarding the writer of the very best book of the year.

And for only the second year, its judging panel has sought opinions about the books on its long and shortlist from members of reading groups across the UK.

Just six groups have been chosen to help, and although they have no part in the actual judging, the readers are asked to give their rating of the books, which are then passed to the judges.

One of the groups chosen for their help is the Pennard Library Reading Group, following a selection process in which groups across the country submitted applications to become involved.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Library manager Joanna Fee said: “It is quite a coup. The Man Booker panel asked for groups to explain why they would like to be involved.
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Booker Prize celebration


Booker Prize celebration

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 24, 2011

PENNARD Library Reading Group is celebrating after being chosen to take part in this year’s Booker Prize competition.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

The group, just one of six to have been selected in the UK and the only one from Wales, will be given all books nominated for this year’s prize and give their views on each one to the competition judges.
The group will also have the chance to travel to London to meet the nominated authors in October.
The Booker Prize winner will be announced at a lavish ceremony on Tuesday, October 18.