Speaking of Dylan Thomas, who would have been 90 this week, the Swansea Dylan Thomas Prize was announced this week. The prize of GBP 60,000 (that’s $150K of our funny money!) will be awarded bi-annually to a writer whose work is published in English, from anywhere in the world, who is under 30.
Much of Thomas’s best work was written when he was under 30, hence the stipulation on the prize. I wish them luck, because I bet this will be a very controversial prize when it is announced in 2006. (By the very-much-over-30 Catherine Zeta-Jones.)