Hooray for prizes! Paul Burston’s Polari Prize for LGBT debut books, gives terrific support to books treading out from the margins. We were GLAD to be longlisted last year, for Sarah Walton‘s boundlessly fine novel of Ancient Rome, Rufius. And our heart is warmed once again at the shortlisting for Paul Harfleet‘s supremely beautiful and touching PANSY BOY.
The longlist was announced at the Polari Salon at the Festival Hall. Philip Hensher, before reading from his own latest novel, noted how the objective of such prizes is to get us reading. He then graciously picked out Pansy Boy as one the audience should rush to. ‘It’s terrific’, he said, and praised Paul’s ongoing work tackling homophobia through art.