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SALC colleague shortlisted for literary awards

(11 January 2018)

Dr Sheena Kalayil, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, has had her novel, ‘The Bureau of Second Chances’ (Polygon Press), shortlisted for two literary awards: the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel, and The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award for Fiction, with a Sense of Place.

Sheena said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen for both awards. To be selected by the Writers’ Guild is an incredible honour as it is a recognition from your peers for your writing. The shortlist is small, with only two other authors chosen, one of whom, Karl Geary, is up for the Costa Debut award as well. And the Stanford’s Award shortlist shows great breadth with stories set in Jamaica and Canada among the contenders.”

The Bureau of Second Chances follows widower Thomas Imbalil, who returns to Kerala in India after spending 30 years in London.

The winner of the Writers’ Guild Award will be announced on 15 January and the Stanford’s Award winner will be announced on 1 February.