Meaghan DelahuntMeaghan Delahunt was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of novels In the Blue House, The Red Book and To the Island. Her latest book is Greta Garbo’s Feet & Other Stories. Awards for her work include the Flamingo/HQ Australian Short Story Prize, a regional Commonwealth Prize, a Saltire Book Award and a nomination for the Orange Prize. She teaches Creative Writing part-time at the University of Stirling and is an Arts & Culture editor for www.bellacaledonia.com             (Photograph – Anna Reid)

 

Carlo Gebler photo copyright Bobbie HanveyCarlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954. He lives outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is the author of several novels including A Good Day for A Dog and The Dead Eight (shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Fiction Prize), the short story collection W9 & Other Lives, works of non-fiction including the narrative history, The Siege of Derry and the memoir The Projectionist, The Story of Ernest Gébler. He has also written novels for children as well as plays for radio and the stage, including 10 Rounds, which was short-listed for the Ewart-Biggs Prize. He is a member of Aosdána.               (Photograph – Bobbie Hanvey)

 

Ian Sansom1B&WIan Sansom is a novelist, critic and academic. He is the author of 13 works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Truth About Babies, Ring Road and the Mobile Library series of novels. His most recent book is Death in Devon (HarperCollins, 2015), book no.3 in his 44-book County Guides series of novels. He writes for The Guardian, The London Review of Books, The New Statesman and The Spectator. He is currently a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.              (Photograph – Ian Sansom)

 

Iglika Vassileva - MishkaIglika Vassileva is the acclaimed translator of James Joyce’s Ulysses, of almost all novels by Virginia Woolf, the prose of Walt Whitman, Nabokov and many other distinguished writers. Her translations of Ulysses, The Waves and To the Lighthouse have been met with high acclaim by literary critics and reading public alike. The recipient of numerous prizes, Iglika Vassileva was awarded four times the Prize of the Union of Bulgarian Translators, twice the Prize of the Ministry of Culture, twice the “Hristo G. Danov” National Prize for Literary Translation and the Sofia City Prize for Achievements in the field of Literature. Currently Iglika Vassileva is teaching literary translation at Sofia University.              (Photograph – Mishka)

Juan Pablo Villalobos - 13076Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He is the author of Down the Rabbit Hole (shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award), Quesadillas and I’ll Sell You a Dog (to be published in English in 2016). His novels have been translated into fifteen languages. He writes for several publications, including Granta, Letras Libres, Gatopardo and English Pen’s Blog, and translates Brazilian literature into Spanish. He lived in Barcelona for several years, then moved to Brazil, and is now back in Spain. He is married with two Mexican-Brazilian-Catalan children.              (Photograph – Renato Parada)

 

J026302Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, non-voting chair of the judging panel, is a former Chief Judge of a US Court of Appeals and brings a wealth of experience from sixteen years on the bench. His first novel, The Majority Rules, was published in 2005. The second novel of his political thriller trilogy, The Report to the Judiciary, was published in 2008. When not recalled to the Federal Bench, Judge Sullivan is a partner in a Washington law firm.              (Photograph – Jason Clarke)