New Kavya Prize announces shortlist
The shortlist for a new Scottish literary prize celebrating published work by Scottish writers of colour has been announced today.
The Kavya Prize, in association with the University of Glasgow and founded by Indian-born Scottish author Leela Soma, seeks to recognise, and encourage writers of colour who are Scottish by birth, residence or formation.
The inaugural prize for full-length published works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or short story collections will be awarded at Aye Write on Saturday 21 May 2022 and is worth £1000.
Kavya is a popular and well recognised word in Sanskrit and refers to a literary style or a completed body of literature that was used in Indian courts of the Maharajahs who nurtured the cultural arts in India.
The shortlist for the Kavya Prize 2022 is:
- Katie Goh, writer and journalist - The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disasters (404 Ink)
- Hannah Lavery, poet and playwright - Lament for Sheku Bayoh (Salamander Street)
- Uma Nada-Rajah, playwright - Toy Plastic Chicken (Salamander Street)
- David Onamade, a writer of poetry and prose, who sadly passed away in 2021 - Sorrow, Tears and Blood (Arkbound Publishing)
- Sean Wai Keung, writer and performance maker - Sikfan Glaschu (Verve Poetry Press)
- Lorraine Wilson, writer - This is Our Undoing (Luna Press)
The Kavya Prize 2022 Judges are:
- Leila Aboulela, a fiction writer of Sudanese origin who now lives in Scotland.
- Professor Bashabi Fraser, CBE, Scottish-Indian poet, children’s writer, critic and academic
- Tawona Sithole, a Zimbabwean-born writer, poet, musician and performer who now lives in Scotland and is an Artist in Residence at the University of Glasgow.
Speaking about the calibre of the entries and the Kavya Prize 2022 shortlist, Judge Leila Aboulela said: “Those that have been shortlisted are a testament to the brilliant range of skills, boldness and talent on offer from Scotland's writers of colour.”
The winner of the Kavya Prize will be announced at an awards event, co-hosted by AyeWrite, on Saturday 21 May 2022. Tickets are for sale on the Aye Write Kavya Prize pages.
Learn more about the Kavya Prize.
Kavya Prize 2022 Shortlisted Author Bios and Info
- The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disastersby Katie Goh (404 Ink)
Katie Goh(She/Her/They/Them) is a writer and journalistof ESEA heritage. She writes for a number of publications including i-D, VICE, the Guardian, the Independent, Huck and gal-dem. In 2021, Katie's essay 'oranges' published in Extra Teeth was shortlisted for the inaugural Anne Brown Prize, organised by BBC Scotland and Wigtown Book Festival. She is a member of the UK Film Critics Circle, co-hosts a monthly radio show on EHFM and has been previously shortlisted for PPA Scotland’s Young Journalist of the Year award. Her first book of non-fiction, The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disasters, is published by 404 Ink. Katie lives in Edinburgh.
- Lament for Sheku Bayohby Hannah Lavery (Salamander Street)
- ‘Toy Plastic Chicken’ by Uma Nada-Rajah, A Play and a Pint (Salamander Street)
- Tears and Blood by David Onamade (ArkboundPublishing)
- Sikfan Glaschuby Sean Wai Keung (Verve Poetry Press)
- This is Our Undoing by Lorraine Wilson (Luna Press)
About Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing postgraduate taught, and research-led writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in Britain. They have helped launch the career of a number of successful writers. Learn more here about Creative Writing.
About Leela Soma
Leela Soma is a Scottish-based writer who was born in India, and now lives in Glasgow. She writes novels, poetry and short stories which have been published in several anthologies and publications. Learn more here.
First published: 7 April 2022