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Nam Le Wins 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize | 19-Nov-08

Nam Le Wins 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize

Nam Le was last week named the winner of this year's £60,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut collection of short stories, The Boat.

The Dylan Thomas Prize, which is sponsored by the University of Wales, is the UK's largest literary award and also one of the highest paying in the world. Nam Le, who was born in Vietnam in January 1979 and raised in Australia, is the second recipient of the award, which is designed to encourage creative talent in writers under the age of 30. It is a global award, open to any work, from any genre, which has been published in the English language.

Nam Le is currently based in New York, where he is the fiction editor of the Harvard Review. Next year he will be moving to the UK to do a residency at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he plans to work on his next book. He has previously received the Pushcart Prize, the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and fellowships from the Iowa Writers? Workshop, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Phillips Exeter Academy.

Peter Florence made the announcement at an exclusive awards dinner in Dylan Thomas's hometown of Swansea, hosted by leading broadcaster, Jamie Owen. Dylan Thomas's daughter and Patron of the Prize, Aeronwy Thomas along with fellow patron Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, presented Nam Le with the cheque for £60,000. As one of six finalists, he fought off stiff competition from authors from around the globe to win the Prize: London waiter Ross Raisin; 22-year old poet Caroline Bird, from Leeds, who was the youngest writer on the longlist; South African Harvard graduate Ceridwen Dovey; Dinaw Mengestu, a journalist and novelist from Ethiopia; and critically acclaimed Derby writer, Edward Hogan.
 
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