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City academic wins Dylan Thomas Prize

Lucy Caldwell wins writing prize for novel The Meeting Point.

by Hollie Jenkins

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Lucy Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in City University London's MA in Creative Writing, has been awarded the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize for 2011 for her novel, The Meeting Point.

Lucy was awarded the £30,000 prize on 9 November 2011 at a ceremony in the late Welsh poet's home in Swansea. The global award was established in 2006 to encourage creative talent in writers under 30.

Others shortlisted for the award included Benjamin Hale; Tea Obreht, who also won this year's Orange Prize for Fiction; first time novelist Annabel Pitcher; and Jacob McArthur Mooney, a poet from Canada.

Peter Stead, Founder of the Dylan Thomas Prize, said: "We are delighted to announce Lucy Caldwell as the winner of the 2011 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. The Meeting Point is a lyrical, modern day parable set in Bahrain depicting the crisis in the faith and marriage of an Irish woman and her relationship with a troubled Muslim teenager. It is a beautifully written and mature reflection on identity, loyalty and belief in a complex world. We have no doubt that this is yet another significant step in what will be a striking career."

Lucy's receipt of the award is just one of her recent accolades. In October she received the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for 2011.

Lucy said: "Writing my second novel wasn't easy. I nearly cast the manuscript for this novel aside in despair. However after hearing another author speak at the Hay Festival, I was inspired to keep working on it.

"I hope this award will demonstrate to my young, talented students that although writing may not always be easy, if you are dedicated and passionate, great things can happen."

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