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Caroline Bird Longlisted for Polari Prize 2021

Monday, 28 Jun 2021

No Text We're overjoyed that the longlist for the 2021 Polari Prize includes Caroline Bird's Forward Prize winning collection The Air Year! The full longlist can be found here. 

Paul Burston, Polari Salon founder, said: “Betwen them, these two longlists showcase the very best in LGBTQ+ writing talent in the UK today. This Pride month, these are books which tell our truths and are truly worth celebrating.”

2021 judge and critically-acclaimed author VG Lee said, “This has been a landmark year for the Polari Prize. Every single book on this diverse and breathtaking longlist deserves to win and together, they represent the very best writing on offer from our LGBTQ+ community!” The Polari Prize longlist (which is for an overall Book of the Year, excluding debuts) features a sensational range of books including Kae Tempest’s On Connection, Eley Williams’ The Liars’ Dictionary and Emma Donoghue’s novel The Pull of the Stars, which is set during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

The Polari Prize was established in 2019 and awards an overall Book of the Year. It is open to writers at any stage of their career (except debuts). The 2019 prize was won by Andrew McMillan (Playtime) and the 2020 prize was won by Kate Davies (In At The Deep End) The Polari Prize is sponsored by D H H Literary Agency, with the winner receiving a cheque for £2,000.

The shortlist will be announced at an event in Heaven on July 28th with special guests Kate Davies, Keith Jarrett, Paul Mende, Golnoosh Nour. Tickets can be booked here.

Find out more about the prize here.

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The Air Year is a time of flight, transition and suspension: signatures scribbled on the sky. Bird's speakers exist in a state of unrest, trapped in a liminal place between take-off and landing, undeniably lost. Love is uncontrollable, joy comes and goes at hurricane speed. They walk to the cliff edge, close their eyes and step out into the air.

Caroline Bird has five previous collections published by Carcanet. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. The Air Year won of the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection, and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2020.

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