The Judgement of Parris... and Collins and Alderman


We're delighted to announce the judges for the 2011 Book Drum Tournament.  All three are highly distinguished prize-winning authors, who between them have written in a wide range of genres: literary fiction, young adult fiction, journalism, criticism, poetry, short stories, plays, historical fiction, online games and memoir.


Naomi Alderman     Bridget Collins     SJ Parris


Naomi Alderman (left) is the author of Disobedience (Penguin, 2007), winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.  She writes for The Guardian, creates stories for online games, speaks regularly on national radio, and writes short fiction.  In 2009 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, and she has been named one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future.  The Lessons (Penguin, 2010) is published in paperback in April.

B.R. Collins (centre) is an actress, poet and author of Young Adult fiction.  Her first novel, The Traitor Game (Bloomsbury, 2008), won the Branford Boase Award and was longlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal.  She has twice won the Young National Poetry competition, had two plays produced, and has recently acted in an independent film.  A Trick of the Dark was published in 2009, and Tyme’s End in 2011 (Bloomsbury).  Gamerunner will be published in July.

S.J. Parris (right) is the pseudonym of journalist, critic and author, Stephanie Merritt.  She was Deputy Literary Editor for The Observer from 1998 to 2006, and has judged the Costa Biography, Orange New Writing and Perrier Awards. Her first novel, Gaveston (Faber & Faber, 2002), won a Betty Trask Award, while her memoir about living with depression, The Devil Within (Vermilion, 2008), was shortlisted for the Mind Book Award.  Her first historical thriller, Heresy (HarperCollins), was published in 2010, and Prophecy will follow in March.


Books by these authors are not eligible for the Tournament, but that leaves plenty of other choices.  Who would like to profile Goldfinger? Or perhaps Gormenghast?  Or The Golden Bowl?  A wealth of great titles are still there for the taking - browse this list for some prize-winning inspiration.  The deadline is rapidly approaching, so there's no time to lose!


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