Evie Wyld

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Evie Wyld
BornEvelyn Rose Strange Wyld
(1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 39)
London, England
ResidenceBrixton, London, England
NationalityAnglo, Australian
Alma materBath Spa University
Goldsmiths, University of London
Notable awardsJohn 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)



  1. ^ 3:AM Top 5: Evie Wyld » 3:AM Magazine
  2. ^ Once upon a life: Evie Wyld
  3. ^ Previous winners of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
  4. ^ Who are the defining literary voices of this country? Lorna Bradbury presents 20 writers under 40 to watch
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b http://www.granta.com/Archive/123
  7. ^ a b Mark Brown (26 November 2013). "Costa book awards 2013: late author on all-female fiction shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ [2]
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  17. ^ Booktrust announces new online Writer in Residence
  18. ^ Previous wroters in residence
  19. ^ Jonathan Cape buys second Wyld novel | The Bookseller
  20. ^ Raschella, Adrian (26 June 2014). "Miles Franklin Literary Award: Author Evie Wyld wins for her book All The Birds Singing". ABC News. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  21. ^ "8 Questions for Evie Wyld". Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  22. ^ Award-winning author Evie Wyld was Booktrust's third online writer in residence
  23. ^ Steffens, Daneet (17 June 2013). "Evie Wyld, take two". The Bookseller. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  24. ^ "2013 Winner". Encore Award. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  25. ^ European Commission. "Winners of 2014 European Union Prize for Literature announced at Frankfurt Book Fair - Press Release". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  26. ^ Flood, Alison (28 June 2018). "Royal Society of Literature admits 40 new fellows to address historical biases". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  27. ^ a b c Mulcahy Conway Associates Ltd
  28. ^ The Betty Trask Prize and Awards

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