Meet the judges
Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster who lives in north London. She writes on a wide range of subjects for the Guardian, the Observer, the London Evening Standard and the Times Literary Supplement. She has judged many literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize; currently, she is the chair of the Encore Award for best second novel. She is also member of the Folio Prize Academy.
Alex regularly chairs live events, appears on radio programmes such as Front Row, Woman’s Hour and Open Book and is the host of a monthly podcast for Vintage publishing. In 2014, she was a guest programmer at the Cambridge Literary Festival; and she curated the Shelf Help series of books for Vintage, focusing on a title each month, and featuring writers such as Julian Barnes, Stephen Grosz, Deborah Moggach and Edmund de Waal. In her spare time, she is a committed Arsenal supporter.
Melvyn Bragg was born in Wigton, Cumbria, and educated there and at Wadham College, Oxford.
His broadcasting career began at the BBC in 1961 and soon afterwards he published his first novel. He worked on the arts programme Monitor with Huw Wheldon in the mid-1960s; during this time he began writing novels, set mostly in his native Cumbria. He collaborated with Ken Russell and wrote the 1970 film about Tchaikovsky, The Music Lovers. He also wrote Isadora, directed by Karel Reisz, Play Dirty starring Michael Caine, and worked with David Lean.
In 1977 Melvyn Bragg started LWT’s long-running Arts programme, the multiple award-winning South Bank Show, making about 750 editions as well as other documentaries. The programme was de-commissioned in 2010, when he took the programme across to Sky Arts. ‘The South Bank Show lives again’, he said at the time.
As well as The South Bank Show, Sky Arts now does 30 editions a year of The South Bank Show Originals.
In the meantime Melvyn Bragg has expanded his range, presenting arts and science programmes and marshalling discussion shows on BBC Radio (on In Our Time), and writing non-fiction books including The Adventure of English and The Impact of The King James Bible as well as On Giants’ Shoulders, a series about the history of science. Over the past 50 years he has continued to write novels.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society and of The British Academy, and was given a Peerage in 1998.
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Mark Haddon is the author of three novels, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House. He has written scripts for TV and radio and a play, Polar Bears, for The Donmar Warehouse. The Pier Falls, a collection of his short stories will be published in May 2016.
Matthew Evans is the Award’s non-voting Chair of Judges. Lord Evans CBE is the former Chairman of EFG Private Bank. Prior to joining EFG, Lord Evans was a junior government minister in the House of Lords, Chairman of Faber & Faber and Vice Chairman of the British Film Institute. He is also President of the British Antique Dealers’ Association.
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Rose Tremain, born in London in 1943, was one of only five women writers to be included in Granta’s original list of 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 1983. Her novels and short stories have been published worldwide in 27 countries and have won many prizes, including the Sunday Express book of the Year Award (for Restoration,also shortlisted for the Booker Prize); the Prix Femina Etranger, France (for Sacred Country); the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award (for Music & Silence) and the Orange Prize for Fiction 2008 (for The Road Home).
Restoration was filmed in 1995 and a stage version was produced in 2009. Her last novel, Merivel: A Man of his Time, was shortlisted for both the Walter Scott Prize and the Wellcome Trust Prize. Her 2014 collection of short stories, The American Lover, was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award. 2016 will see the publication of her fourteenth novel, The Gustav Sonata.
Rose lives in Norfolk, England with the biographer, Richard Holmes. She is the mother of one daughter, Eleanor and has two grandchildren, Archie and Martha. She was made a CBE in 2007 and in 2013 was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia.
Andrew Holgate has been the Literary Editor of The Sunday Times since 2008. Amongst many other prizes and awards, he has previously been a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Betty Trask Award.
One of the great strengths of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the quality and experience of its judging panels, which have featured an array of outstanding writers and critics.
Last year’s judges were: