It’s all stations go. On Monday I’m hosting a session with the three shortlisted authors above for the Orange New Writers Award at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Orange Prize 15th anniversary celebrations. On Tuesday the other two judges and I (Chair, Di Speirs, and Rachel Cooke) are making our final decision about which author is going to win the award. And on Wednesday evening the ceremony itself takes place, along with the Orange Prize for Fiction Award which will be presented by Prince Charles’ missus. I’m tremendously excited for the three shortlisted authors because it is such an achievement for their first novels to make this list and a great boost for their nascent writing careers. Their publishers will LOVE them.
Right now I’m re-reading all three novels, and preparing my questions for the authors, who will probably be bricking it on the night. Ah, bless. Enjoy ladies. Enjoy!