Three Picador authors are celebrating after their recent success in the 2010 Authors' Awards...
Twenty-two writers shared more than £70,000 in prize money on the evening of the 15th June, at a reception held at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Piccadilly. The Chair of the Society of Authors, Tom Holland, introduced the awards, which were presented by P. D. James.
Picador was pleased to have three winners at the event. Jacob Polley won a Somerset Maugham Award (worth £5,000) for his first novel, Talk of the Town, and Helen Oyeyemi received the same award (to the value of £3,000) for her 2009 novel, White is for Witching. This is a brilliant and important award particularly as it has been a strong barometer for future literary stardom; Jake and Helen are fresh, original, young talents and as both are currently at work on very exciting new material they're really worth watching out for.
The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, also chose four new Cholmondeley Award winners, one of whom was Picador's Colette Bryce. The award celebrates the general body of work and contribution to poetry made by the winners over the duration of their career.
Congratulations to all three!