Rowan Hisayo Buchanan shortlisted for Betty Trask Award
Harmless Like You, the debut novel by UEA student Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, has been shortlisted for this year’s Betty Trask Award, which is worth £10,000 to the winner and £3,000 to each of the shortlisted authors. Rowan (pictured) was shortlisted earlier this month for the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize. She was longlisted earlier in the year for the inaugural Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA, and her short story ‘Before It Disappears’ was recently published in the anthology How Much the Heart Can Hold. The Betty Trask Award is for a debut literary novel by an author under the age of 35 and the winner will be announced at the Society of Authors’ Awards on 20th June.