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The 2011 judges

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.


Andrew Holgate

Andrew Holgate

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 Awards and the Betty Trask Prize. He is also a member of the Folio Prize Academy.


Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg

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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Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans

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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A S Byatt

A S Byatt

A S Byatt is internationally renowned as a novelist and short-story writer. She won the Booker Prize in 1990 for her novel Possession, and her latest, The Children’s Book, was shortlisted in 2009. She has herself been a judge for both the Booker Prize and the Betty Trask Award. Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she was Senior Lecturer in English at University College London before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.


Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh is a journalist and novelist. She published her first novel, What Is the Matter with Mary Jane?, at the age of 21, and has since published five others. Her seventh novel Last Dance With Valentino will be published in February next years. She has worked as a columnist, agony aunt and restaurant critic, and currently has columns in Standpoint magazine, and The Sunday Times.


Will Self

Will Self

Will Self is a journalist and award-winning novelist. After graduating from Oxford, he became a fiction writer, stand-up comedian and cartoonist. His short story collection The Quantity Theory of Insanity was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and he was nominated by Granta in 1993 as one of the 20 best young best novelists. Best known for his satirical and fantastical fiction and for his TV appearances, he is a frequent contributor to national titles and magazines, including the New Statesman and Prospect.