Not long before this post goes live, the clocks will have struck midnight and I will have turned 35 years old while I am deep in slumber like Sleeping Beauty. What makes my 35th birthday all the more special is that today The Green Carnation Prize announces its longlist for 2016, which as it’s co-founder seems most apt. Now in its seventh year I honestly couldn’t be more proud that the prize, which started by a conversation on Twitter and administered mainly in my bedroom on my laptop for many years, has grown and grown and the longlist today shows once again the wealth of LGBTQ writing and just why I have kept this prize running to showcase it.
Enough waffle from me here is the list…
- London Lies Beneath, Stella Duffy (Virago)
- The Inevitable Gift Shop, Will Eaves (CB Editions)
- How to Survive a Plague, David France (Picador)
- What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell (Picador)
- A Portable Shelter, Kirsty Logan (Random House)
- Spacecraft, John McCullough (Penned in the Margins)
- Augustown, Kei Miller (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- Where The Trees Were, Inga Simpson (Blackfriars)
- Straight Jacket, Matthew Todd (Transworld)
Isn’t that just a corking list? You can find out more about the longlist and see my official quote over on The Green Carnation Prize website here. But indulge me on my birthday, which of these have you read and what did you make of them and are there any which you have been really keen to read?