Barry wins Bermuda's Brian Burland Prize

Among the winners of the 2023 Bermuda Literary Awards is Angela Barry, who won the Brian Burland Prize for Fiction for her novel The Drowned Forest. In the novel, told in the voices of its five main characters, Angela Barry brings to vivid life the conflicts and possibilities of change in Bermuda as it emerges from the old colonial order of white privilege.

The inaugural Bermuda Literary Awards were launched in 1999 by the Bermuda Government's Department of Culture, and runs every five years. The Hon. Senator Owen Darrell, JP, Bermudan Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced the winners at the end of February. This round of awards celebrates works published by Bermudan authors between 2018 and 2023, except for the Founder's Award, which is offered for books or scripts published prior to the establishment of the Bermuda Literary Awards in 1999.

The winners

The full list of prizes and their respective winners is as follows:

Cultural Merit: Bermuda in Painted Representation by Jonathan Land Evans

Drama and Screenwriting: Journey of the Shaman by Lucinda Spurling

Children's and Young Adult Fiction: A Dark Iris by Elizabeth J Jones

Dr. Eva Hodgson Prize for Non-Fiction: Pauulu's Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice by Quito Swan

Cecile N. Musson Prize for Poetry: The Tipping Line by Paul Maddern. Honorable Mention for Turtlemen by Andra Simons

Brian Burland Prize for Fiction: The Drowned Forest by Angela Barry

Founder's Award: The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince (posthumous award)

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