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Women dominate 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:10 UK time, Thursday, 23 September 2010

Five of the six shortlisted authors up for the prestigious 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize are women, it has been announced.

A six-strong shortlist for the £30,000 prize, which is now awarded annually, has been revealed from a longlist of 16 - with the young authors hailing from five continents. Of the six works, two are collections of poetry while the other four are novels.

The shortlisted authors and their works are: Caroline Bird, Watering Can; Elyse Fenton, Clamor; Eleanor Catton, The Rehearsal; Emily Mackie, And This is True; Karan Mahajan, Family Planning and Nadifa Mohamed, Black Mamba Boy.

Professor Peter Stead, prize founder and judge, with the shortlisted books taken at the statue of Dylan Thomas in Swansea

Professor Peter Stead, prize founder and judge, with the shortlisted books taken at the statue of Dylan Thomas in Swansea

Read more on this year's shortlist on the BBC Wales News site, read more about Dylan Thomas on BBC Wales Arts and visit the official Dylan Thomas Prize website for further information.

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