Evie Wyld

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Evie Wyld
Born Evelyn Rose Strange Wyld
(1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 38)
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater Bath Spa University
Goldsmiths, University of London
Notable awards John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (2009)
Encore Award (2013)
Miles Franklin Award (2014)
Jamie Coleman (m. 2013)

Evelyn Rose Strange "Evie" Wyld FRSL (born 16 June 1980) is an Anglo-Australian author. Her first novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 2009, and her second novel, All the Birds, Singing, won the Encore Award in 2013 and the Miles Franklin Award in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in London in 1980,[1] Evie Wyld grew up on her grandparents' sugar cane farm in New South Wales although she spent most of her adult life in Peckham. In The Guardian she recounts how as a child she suffered from viral encephalitis.[2]

She obtained a BA from Bath Spa University and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, both in Creative Writing.

Literary career[edit]

Wyld is the author of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and Betty Trask Award-winning novel After the Fire, A Still Small Voice[3] and All the Birds, Singing. In 2010 she was listed by The Daily Telegraph as one of the twenty best British authors under the age of 40.[4] In 2011 she was listed by the BBC's Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Writers.[5] In 2013 she was included on the once a decade Granta Best of Young British Novelists List.[6] Her novels have been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize,[7] The Miles Franklin Award,[8] the Commonwealth Writers Prize,[9] the Orange Award for New Writers,[10] the Dublin International IMPAC Prize,[11] The Sky Arts Breakthrough Award,[12] The James Tait Black Prize[13] and The Author's Club Prize[14] and long listed for the Stella Prize[15] and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.[16]

She took over from Nii Parkes as Booktrust's online 'Writer in Residence' in 2010[17] before passing the baton on to Polly Dunbar.[18]

Her second novel, All the Birds, Singing was published in February 2013 and concerns an Australian sheep farmer working on an English hill farm.[19] The book won the 2014 Miles Franklin Award in June 2014.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Wyld currently lives in Brixton and works at an independent bookshop in Peckham.[21][22] She married literary agent Jamie Coleman in July 2013.[23]

Awards and honours[edit]


Short stories[edit]

  • "What will happen to the dog after we are dead?" (published in Goldfish: An Anthology of Writing from Goldsmiths)[27]
  • "The Convalescent's Handbook" (online) first published in Sea Stories, an anthology from the National Maritime Museum[27]
  • "The Building Opposite" (appeared in 3:AM Magazine anthology London, New York, Paris)[27]
  • "The Whales" (online) from Booktrust
  • "Menzies Meat" (online)
  • "Free Swim" (online)
  • "Six Degrees of Separation" (online)



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