Winners of IPAF and Stella Awards Announced and Your Latest Festival News

Winners of IPAF and Stella Awards Announced and Your Latest Festival News

Festival News


The Stratford Literary Festival (1st -5th May) has been forced to relocate the majority of its events after a fire at its hotel venue. The festival was due to hold a number of its dates at The Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon this week between Wednesday and Sunday. However, a fire on Monday evening saw 100 guests evacuated and damage to the property means the venue was no longer “usable”, festival organisers said. Events have been moved to the Welcombe Hotel.The line-up for the festival, now in its 17th year, includes TV historian Mary Beard, bestselling author David Nicholls and Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant.


PEN America has cancelled its festival after authors dropped out in support of Gaza. The festival was scheduled to take place on 8 May in New York City and Los Angeles. The cancellation of World Voices festival came days after the organization cancelled 2024 edition of its annual awards ceremony.


The Guernsey Literary Festival (23 April -5 May) comes to a close this weekend with a busy programme featuring media personalities Louise Minchin and Sarah Beeny, sports stars and commentators Mike Brearley and Pat Nevin, best-selling novelists Louis de Bernières and John Boyne, celebrated chef Michel Roux and journalist Bryony Gordon.


Tickets are on sale for the 2024 Sante Fe International Literary Festival, which is being held from 17 to 19 May. Guests include Jesmyn Ward, Lynsey Addario, Tommy Orange and Anthony Doerr. Events are being held at the Sante Fe Convention Centre.


The Leeds LitFest, now in its sixth year, takes place 15-23rd June. Launching the festival will be LYR, comprising Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, singer-songwriter Richard Walters and multi-instrumentalist and producer Patrick Pearson. The performance will feature poems read by Simon Armitage accompanied by music from Walters and Pearson. Also headlining are John Agard, Stuart Maconie, Selena Godden, Helen Lederer and DJ Paulette


Emirates Literature Foundation is organising a major conference for librarians and would like to include speakers from as many national libraries as possible. If you are able to introduce us to the director of your national library, please email me, carmel.rosato@emirateslitfest.com



Exclusive Offer for GAoLF Members!


Join the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August for unparalleled networking and insights into the global literary landscape!


Global Ink: Edinburgh International Book Festival’s International Industry Day.

Wednesday 14 August

Edinburgh Futures Institute


Connect with an incredible range of industry experts from Scotland, the UK and beyond, all gathering at the Book Festival this August from authors, editors and publishers to literary festivals, translators and more! Taking place at the Festival’s brand new home at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, the day will comprise panels and showcases, culminating with an international networking reception.

Industry Passes for the event will be available for £30 full price, £20 concessions providing full access to all activities. Full programme and details of how to register will be available on the Book Festival website at the end of the month.


GAoLF members are warmly invited to join the day and can enjoy Global Ink industry passes at the concession price, complimentary access to Book Festival events, and reserved accommodation at the Kimpton Hotel (subject to availability).  Although the Festival is unable to cover the cost of GAoLF members’ accommodation, a limited number of rooms have been set aside by the Festival exclusively for GAoLF members for the night of 14 August. The Kimpton rate for GAoLF members is £330 for single occupancy (inclusive of breakfast). For those interested, GAoLF members will be given a unique reference code to make their booking directly and payment of these rooms will be required by the end of June.


Spaces for the day will be limited. GAoLF members are encouraged to register their interest for the event as soon as possible, by emailing:globalink@edbookfest.co.uk



Publishing News


Writer Paul Auster, the “patron saint of literary Brooklyn”, has died at 77 due to complications from lung cancer. His final novel, Baumgartner, about a widowed septuagenarian writer, was published in October. Auster is survived by Siri Hustvedt, their daughter Sophie Auster, his sister Janet Auster, and a grandson.


The winner of the 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction is Basim Khandaqji for A Mask, the Color of the Sky. The announcement was made in Abu Dhabi, on the eve of the city’s annual book fair, by this year’s chair of judges Nabil Suleiman. As Khandaqji is serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison, the award was accepted by the owner of his Lebanon-based publishing house, Dar al-Adab, Rana Idriss. This is Khandaqji’s fourth novel, all of them smuggled out of prison. The authors of the shortlisted novels were awarded USD$10,000, and the winner’s prize was a further USD$50,000.


British-Palestinian writer Isabella Hammad has been awarded the 2024 Aspen Words Literary Prize for her novel Enter Ghost. The USD$35,000 annual award is for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. It is open to authors of any nationality and is one of the largest literary prizes in the United States.


CJ Sansom, the bestselling author of Dissolution, Winter in Madrid and Dominion has died aged 71. The creator of the highly successful ‘Shardlake’ crime series, set in Tudor England, was a private person who ‘preferred to be known through his novels’.


The shortlist for the Royal Society of London’s annual Ondaatje Prize has been announced. The list includes Isabella Hammad, whose novel Enter Ghost has already garnered attention, winning the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Other notable contenders include Sheila Armstrong’s Falling Animals and Noreen Masud’s A Flat Place. The prize is given to a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry that, in the jury’s purview, “best evokes the spirit of a place”. The winner will be announced on 14 May and receives £10,000 (US$12,504).


Marcia Lynx Qualey, the founder of ArabLit and an award-winning editor, writer, and translator, will receive the 2024 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature, Words Without Borders announced this week. The award will be presented by translator and writer Yasmine Seale at a ceremony on June 4 in New York City. Named in honor of the first chair of Words Without Borders, Jim Ottaway, Jr., the Ottaway Award recognises an individual whose work and activism have advanced WWB’s mission of promoting cultural understanding through the publication and promotion of international literature.


Alexis Wright has won the 2024 Stella Prize, worth USD$40,000, for her novel Praiseworthy, a 700-page odyssey set in a fictional town in northern Australia. Wright is the first person to win the award twice, after taking out the Stella in 2018 for Tracker, her collective memoir of Aboriginal leader and economist Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth. Stella is a major voice for gender equality and cultural change in Australian literature. Founded in 2012, the organisation’s flagship program is the annual Stella Prize – a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.


Plato’s final hours recounted in papyrus scroll found in Vesuvius ash. Newly deciphered passages outline Greek philosopher’s burial place and describe critique of slave musician.


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