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2022 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist announced

As partners in the SI Leeds Literary Prize, we are delighted to announce the six shortlisted books for the 2022 prize as follows:

  • Lying Perfectly Still – Laura Fish
  • Sometimes the sky is blue – Latoyah Innerarity
  • The Taste of a Planet – Arianne Maki
  • Aralola Will Be Absolutely Fine – Oluwaseun Oluwatosin Akinsiku
  • Never Enough – Suad Kamardeen
  • When You’re Smiling – Nazira Vania

Congratulations to all six shortlisted writers! 2022 has provided another crop of fantastic writers, and we know the judges must have had a hard time wittling the list down to just six.

Please do save the award ceremony date in your diaries – the event will be held online on Friday 21 October 2022 at 11am through the Ilkley Literature Festival, when we will be announcing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize winners, as well as the winner of the 2022 SI Readers’ Choice award, for the favourite book from the shortlist as chosen by more than 80 volunteer readers. 

Please watch this space for full links and more details closer to the time – we hope you can join us!

Meet the shortlisted writers on the SI Leeds Literary Prize website.

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