Archive for the ‘Prizes’ Category

According to the Pink Paper, Hutton Gibson, father of actor Mel Gibson, has recently told U.S.-based radio network Liberty News that he believes the Pope is gay.

For an alternative take on the subject of the Pontiff’s sexuality, see Angelo Quattrocchi’s The Pope is Not Gay!, which launches on the 14th September at the Southbank Centre, from 6:30-9:00pm as a part of September’s Polari, London’s “peerless gay literary salon”.

Join the Facebook group for the event here.

See the Protest the Pope website for more events in protest of the Pope’s four-day state visit from 16-19 September.


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The Jewish Chronicle reports on the ‘controversial’ shortlisting of Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2010. The results will be announced in June.

A controversial book which argues that the idea of a Jewish people descended from the ancient Israelites is a Zionist myth, has been shortlisted for British Jewry’s main literary award…

…Alan Mendoza, director of the Israel-Diaspora Trust, said: “The cultural, historical and religious roots of the Jewish people are self-evident and Sands’ desire for self-immolation is not shared by Anglo-Jewry. Was this decision motivated by intellectual navel-gazing of the most banal kind, or does it reflect an attempt to appease those viscerally anti-Israel elements within the broader liberal intelligentsia? Either way, this is a pathetic attempt at gesture politics, and one that cheapens the Wingate Prize.”

The Invention of the Jewish People by Tel Aviv University Professor Shlomo Sand is one of four books up for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.

Read the full article here.

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Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People has been shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2010

Now in its 31st year, the JQ-Wingate prize recognises writing by Jewish and non-Jewish authors, which stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern while appealing to the general reader.

Former winners include Amos Oz, David Grossman, Zadie Smith, Imre Kertesz, Oliver Sacks, WG Sebald, and Etgar Keret.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Jewish Quarterly in June.

The Invention of the Jewish People will be published in paperback by Verso in June.

More information on the prize here.

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Layout 1Pioneering feminist writer and activist, Sheila Rowbotham, has been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her critically acclaimed biography of Edward Carpenter.

To read more about the prize and other shortlisted titles on the Guardian website click here

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A belated congratulations to Patrick Cockburn, author of The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq, as he has won the George Orwell Journalism Prize.

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Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight’s Economics Editor and author of the forthcoming Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, has had his blog, Idle Scrawl, shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize.

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Patrick Cockburn, author of Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq has been shortlisted for the George Orwell journalism prize.

Director of the prize Jean Seaton says: “These journalists show the difference that going and seeing and thinking can make.” Which couldn’t apply more to Patrick – and Paul for that matter!

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Winners announced on 22nd April.

See here for more information.

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