A week today, one of these six books will be named winner of The Polari First Book Prize 2016. The writer will receive a trophy and a cheque for £1000.
‘Blood Relatives’ – Stevan Alcock (Fourth Estate)
‘Sugar and Snails’ – Anne Goodwin (Inspired Quill)
‘Trans’ – Juliet Jacques (Verso)
‘Different for Girls’ – Jacquie Lawrence (Zitebooks)
‘Physical’ – Andrew McMillan (Jonathan Cape)
‘The Good Son’ – Paul McVeigh (Salt)
You can come along to find out if I won. The announcement will be part of a Polari salon showcasing readings by Namita Chakrabarty, North Morgan, Alexis Gregory and Amy Acre.
I hope to see some of you there. Fingers crossed for me.
The Good Son: Currently Shortlisted for The Polari Prize
Appearances: Kildare Readers Festival with Lisa McInerney, Oct 15
Wivenhoe Bookshop with AL Kennedy, Oct 29
Outburst Festival Belfast, Nov 14
German Tour: Olpe, Nov 15/Munich, Nov 16/Regendburg, Nov 17/Hamburg, Nov 18
Shrewsbury Literature Festival: Nov 25/26
The Good Son Makes The Polari Prize Shortlist
The Good Son has made The Polari Prize shortlist. Exciting!
You can read all about it here.
The Chair of the judges, Paul Burston, wrote a wonderful article in The Irish Times about Mickey Donnelly that I found very moving.
“There aren’t a great many sexually ambiguous, sassy, 10-year-old Irish narrators in literature. So thank heavens for Mickey Donnelly. From the moment we first meet him, we know that Mickey is a mammy’s boy. But there’s more to it than that. To his older brother Paddy, he’s a “wee gay boy” and “a fucking weirdo”. To the kids who play on the mean streets where he lives, he’s a “fruity boy” who acts “like a girl”. The boys bully him. The girls tease him. Even Mickey’s Aunt Kathleen worries about the way he behaves. “Do you think he’s…” she asks, before Mickey’s mother cuts her off. Not even a doting mammy wants to consider the possibility of her wee boy turning out like that.”
“What emerges from this novel isn’t just a portrait of the outsider as a young Irishman. It’s also a testament to the strength of character required by gay children simply to survive. Mickey may be effeminate but he’s certainly not weak. He’s kind, loving and sometimes an eejit. He’s also cunning and far more courageous than any 10-year-old boy should need to be. He might not have his “man’s voice” yet, but he’s the only one man enough to take care of his mother.”
Read it all here. It’s really special.
Currently shortlisted for The Polari Prize
Chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016
Shortlisted: The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize
Shortlisted: The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award
Finalist for The People’s Book Prize
ELLE Magazine Best Books of 2015
The Good Son is a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. Thank you to everyone who voted for me, I’m delighted.
Now the final stage of voting is open until July 10. Votes are carried over but you CAN vote again. I know if you’ve done it before it’s a pain but it only takes a minute if have get the chance. It would be very much appreciated. 🙂
You can vote here.