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The 2012 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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Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope has been writing for over thirty years: she first wrote a number of historical novels now published under Caroline Harvey, then Britannia’s Daughters - a study of women in the British Empire and more recently, her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction, several of which have been televised. The Choir was her first contemporary novel, followed by A Village Affair and A Passionate Man. The Rector's Wife was her first number one bestseller, and made her into a household name. Since then she has written eleven more contemporary novels: The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People’s Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Brother and Sister, Second Honeymoon, Friday Nights, The Other Family and the newly published Daughters in Law.


Ian Hart

Ian Hart

Ian Hart is a stage, television and film actor. His numerous credits include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Finding Neverland, Enemy of the State, Michael Collins, Backbeat and The End of the Affair. Ian has just shot a series regular role in the new HBO series Luck (which premieres in January 2012) for director Michael Mann, opposite Dustin Hoffman. Ian has won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and the London Evening Standard British Film Awards as well as being nominated for many more.


Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, short story writer and director. His first novel, published in 1990, was the semi-autobiographical The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Award in the same year. His first collection of short stories, Love in a Blue Time, focuses on a series of characters working in the media, and his other works include the novella Intimacy and Gabriel’s Gift, published in 2001. His screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette earned him an Oscar nomination and in 2007 he was awarded a CBE for his services to literature.