We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Now in its second year, the £2000 prize is for previously unpublished, imaginative, original, and thought-provoking arts journalism with some Burgessian fizz and crackle and some well-displayed erudition.
The five shortlisted writers were selected by a panel of judges chaired by writer and filmmaker Jonathan Meades and including authors Sarah Dunant and Jane Stevenson. All entries were anonymised prior to submission to the judging panel.
The shortlist is:
Duncan Hamilton: ‘David Shields: How literature saved my life’
Peter Kettle: ‘Odd Thoughts About Art’
Roger Lewis: ‘Freaks’
George Pendle: ‘The Apotheosis of Apophenia’
Michael Perrett: ‘John Cage is 102 and originality is overrated’
We were thrilled at the range and quality of entries, received from all over the world and on almost as wide a variety of subjects as Anthony Burgess himself covered in his fifty-year career in journalism.
The winner of the 2013 prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 20th February 2014 at Kings Place, London, in a ceremony hosted by Jonathan Meades. The winner will receive a prize of £2,000.