Bethan’s first novel The Pools was published in 2007 and won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Award. Her second novel The Good Plain Cook, published in 2008, was serialized on BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and was chosen as one of Time Out’s books of the year. My Policeman, the story of a 1950s policeman, his wife, and his male lover, followed in 2012, and was chosen as that year’s City Read for Brighton. Her latest novel is Mother Island. She also writes short fiction (in 2006 she was awarded the Olive Cook short story prize by the Society of Authors), and drama for BBC Radio 4.
The judging panel was made up of Pin Drop co-founders Simon Oldfield and Elizabeth Day, and the Royal Academy’s Director of Artistic Programmes, Tim Marlow.
2015 Shortlisted authors:
Wendy Brandmark, The Other Room
Sarah Evans, Iron and Blood
Virginia Harris, The Inspector
C. Kozinski, Kevlar
Bethan Roberts, Ms Featherstone and The Beast
Miriam Kate Robinson, Call Ladies