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Diana Evans discusses Granma's Porch by Alexia Tolas

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Carys Davies discusses Sparing the Heather by Louise Kennedy

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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David Nicholls discusses Love Many by Niamh Campbell

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Carys Davies discusses Take It by Namwali Serpell

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Andrew Holgate discusses Simon by Daniel O'Malley

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Romesh Gunesekera discusses Teamwork by Shawn Vestal

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Behind the Sentences with… Louise Kennedy

"If I could develop a superpower it would be to get my inner critic to feck off between the hours of 8am and 2pm"

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Behind the Sentences with... Niamh Campbell

"As for bad habits, I have known for a long time that my usage of semicolons is out of control; I just don’t know how to stop"

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Behind the Sentences with... Daniel J O’Malley

"I’m always working on several things at once, so when a story gets finished, there’s always another one waiting. That’s the trick with getting stuck as well – just work on something else for a while"

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Behind the Sentences with… Namwali Serpell

"I’m too nomadic, or “movious” as we say in Zambia, to limit myself to a particular desk in a specific nook with a certain slant of light"

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