EBRD Literature Prize

Judges for 2020

Rosie Goldsmith (Chair of the Judging Panel) is an award-winning journalist specializing in arts and foreign affairs.  In twenty years at the BBC, she travelled the world and presented several flagship programmes. Rosie is a linguist and has lived in Europe, Africa and the USA. Today she combines journalism with chairing and curating literary events and festivals for leading cultural organisations.  Known as a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, she promotes them whenever she can. Rosie is Founder and Director of the European Literature Network. She served as Chair of the Judging Panel for the 2018 and 2019 editions of the EBRD Literature Prize. www.eurolitnetwork.com

Vesna Goldsworthy is a novelist, memoirist and poet. She is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Exeter University. She came to academia after a career at the BBC and she continues to produce and present radio programmes. Her first novel Gorsky (2015) was the New York Times Editor's Choice and has been translated into fifteen languages. Other notable work includes her internationally best-selling memoir Chernobyl Strawberries (2005); the poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika (2011); and Inventing Ruritania: the Imperialism of the Imagination (1998), recognised as one of the key contributions to the study of Balkan and European identity.

Boyd Tonkin is a writer, journalist and critic who chaired the judging panel of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 and is now Special Adviser to the Man Booker International Prize. He writes for The Financial Times, The Economist, The Spectator, The Observer, New Scientist and Newsweek magazine, and is contributing editor for The Arts Desk online. Until 2016 he was Senior Writer of The Independent, and was the newspaper’s Literary Editor from 1996 to 2013. He re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2001, co-judging it every year until its merger with the Man Booker International Prize. He is the author of the recent ‘The 100 Best Novels in Translation’ published by Galileo (2018).

Twitter: @BoydTonkin ‏

Thomas de Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specialising in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. He has authored numerous publications about the region, including The Caucasus: An Introduction, Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide and Black Garden:  Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War. Before joining Carnegie, Thomas worked extensively as a journalist in both print and for BBC radio. In the 1990s, he worked in Moscow for the Moscow Times, the Times of London, and the Economist, specialising in Russian politics and the situation in Chechnya. He co-authored (with Carlotta Gall) the book Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus, for which the authors were awarded the James Cameron Prize for Distinguished Reporting.

Twitter: @Tom_deWaal