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The 2015 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.


Alex Clark

Alex Clark

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.


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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Sir Richard Eyre

Sir Richard Eyre

Richard worked in theatres in Leicester, Edinburgh and Nottingham before becoming Director of the National Theatre. From 1988-1997 he directed numerous productions there including Hamlet, Richard III, King Lear, Guys and Dolls, Night of the Iguana, John Gabriel Borkman, and new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Hampton and Nicholas Wright. He has subsequently directed The Crucible on Broadway, Mary Poppins and Private Lives in the West End and on Broadway, Quartermaine's Terms in the West End and The Pajama Game in Chichester and the West End. He has directed his own adaptations of Hedda Gabler and Ghosts for the Almeida and the West End. On television his credits include Changing Stages: a history of 20th century theatre, Tumbledown and Henry IV parts 1 and 2.

His film credits include The Ploughman's Lunch, Iris, Stage Beauty and Notes on a Scandal. He has directed La Traviata for the Royal Opera House and Carmen, Werther and Le Nozze di Figaro for the Metropolitan Opera. He is the author of Utopia and Other Places, a memoir; National Service, a journal of his time at the National Theatre, Talking Theatre, conversations with theatre people and What Do I Know, a collection of journalism. He has received numerous awards for theatre and film. He was knighted in 1997 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011.


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Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia. She is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water.

Aminatta is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and in 2013 held the post of Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, Massachusetts. In March 2014 she was named as a winner of a Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize, awarded annually by Yale University.


Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She has published 12 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her latest novel, The Architect's Apprentice was published in November 2014. Her books have been translated into 39 languages.

Shafak is also a political commentator. She is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Turkey, as well as several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Time and The Newsweek. She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.

Elif is married with two children and divides her time between London and Istanbul.

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She has published 12 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her latest novel, The Architect's Apprentice was published in November 2014. Her books have been translated into 39 languages.

Shafak is also a political commentator. She is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Turkey, as well as several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Time and The Newsweek. She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.

Elif is married with two children and divides her time between London and Istanbul.