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Waterstones presents The Shortlist: The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2012
March 27, 2012 - March 30, 2012
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the last week of March, Waterstone’s Piccadilly store hosted theatre performances of the six stories shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, a £30,000 prize, the largest in the world for a single short story. This three evening series led up to the announcement of the award on Friday, March 30th at the Oxford Literary Festival. Guests were greeted with a glass of wine and a copy of the anthology containing the shortlisted stories. A Q & A and book signings followed the performances.
- Irish author Kevin Barry has gone one stage further than last year when he was longlisted for the Award. His story follows a tight-knit group of ale-obsessed men travelling from Liverpool to Llandudno for their latest bittersweet tasting trip.
- Emma Donoghue is also Irish and has now settled in Ontario, Canada. The Hunt is a disturbing tale told through the eyes of one young soldier. It is based on a historically documented mass rape that took place in 1776.
- Jean Kwok emigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was a child. Her story explores the hardships and choices that migrant families must face as they look to make a new life.
- Tom Lee is currently completing a PhD at Goldsmiths College. The Current examines the altered and sometimes strained relationship between father and son after the father has had treatment for a mysterious illness.
- Welsh novelist and poet Robert Minhinnick’s story charts the chequered progress of an Iraqi man who makes his way across Europe to the UK where he becomes a care-worker. Robert is also an active environmentalist, having co-founded Friends of the Earth Cymru in 1984 and Sustainable Wales in 1997.
- Pennsylvania author Linda Oatman High is best-known for her prize-winning books for children and teens. Nickel Mines Hardware, considers the devastating effects of a high-school shooting on a traditional Amish community.