Evie Wyld

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Evie Wyld
Born (1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 43)
London, England
Alma materBath Spa University
Goldsmiths, University of London
Notable awardsJohn Llewellyn Rhys Prize (2009)
Encore Award (2013)
Miles Franklin Award (2014)
Stella Prize (2021)
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. Her third novel, The Bass Rock, won the Stella Prize in 2021.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in London in 1980,[2] Evie Wyld grew up on her grandparents' sugar cane farm in New South Wales, Australia, although she spent most of her adult life in Peckham, south London. In The Guardian she recounts how as a child she suffered from viral encephalitis.[3]

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[4] and All the Birds, Singing. In 2010 she was listed by The Daily Telegraph as one of the 20 best British authors under the age of 40.[5] In 2011 she was listed by the BBC's Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Writers.[6] In 2013 she was included on the once a decade Granta Best of Young British Novelists List.[7] Her novels have been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize,[8] The Miles Franklin Award,[9] the Commonwealth Writers Prize,[10] the Orange Award for New Writers,[11] the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award,[12] The Sky Arts Breakthrough Award,[13] the James Tait Black Prize[14] and The Author's Club Prize,[15] and longlisted for the Stella Prize[16] and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.[17]

She took over from Nii Parkes as Booktrust's online "Writer in Residence" in 2010,[18] before passing the baton on to Polly Dunbar.[19]

Her second novel, All the Birds, Singing, was published in February 2013 and concerns an Australian sheep farmer working on an English hill farm.[20] The book won the 2014 Miles Franklin Award in June 2014.[21]

Her third novel, The Bass Rock, was published by Jonathan Cape on March 26, 2020. Set in Scotland, it explores the lives of three women living in different centuries and the ways their lives are impacted by masculinity and male violence.

Personal life[edit]

Wyld currently lives in Brixton and works at an independent bookshop in Peckham.[22][23] She married literary agent Jamie Coleman in July 2013.[24]

Awards and honours[edit]


Short stories[edit]



  1. ^ "The Bass Rock". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  2. ^ 3:AM Top 5: Evie Wyld » 3:AM Magazine
  3. ^ Once upon a life: Evie Wyld
  4. ^ Previous winners of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
  5. ^ Bradbury, Lorna (18 June 2010), "Are these Britain’s best 20 novelists under 40?", The Telegraph.
  6. ^ The Culture Show, BBC Two.
  7. ^ a b "Archive Access".
  8. ^ a b Brown, Mark (26 November 2013). "Costa book awards 2013: late author on all-female fiction shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  9. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Evie Wyld | British Council Literature". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  11. ^ Allen, Katie (13 April 2010), "Wyld picked for Orange New Writers prize", The Bookseller.
  12. ^ "Saltwire | Newfoundland & Labrador".
  13. ^ "Watch the latest Sky TV shows or download on the Go". Sky.com. 16 May 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Shortlists for book awards are revealed", The Herald, 19 May 2014.
  15. ^ Allen, Katie (15 February 2010), "Wyld up for Authors' Club prize", The Bookseller.
  16. ^ "The Longlist 2014 Stella Prize", Stella.
  17. ^ Wood, Gaby (7 March 2014), "Baileys Women's Prize 2014: A thriving longlist announced", The Telegraph.
  18. ^ Booktrust announces new online Writer in Residence
  19. ^ "Evie Wyld", Previous Writers in Residence, BookTrust.
  20. ^ Williams, Charlotte (6 October 2011), Jonathan Cape buys second Wyld novel", The Bookseller.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "8 Questions for Evie Wyld". Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  23. ^ Award-winning author Evie Wyld was Booktrust's third online writer in residence
  24. ^ Steffens, Daneet (17 June 2013). "Evie Wyld, take two". The Bookseller. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  25. ^ "2013 Winner". Encore Award. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  26. ^ European Commission. "Winners of 2014 European Union Prize for Literature announced at Frankfurt Book Fair - Press Release". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  27. ^ Flood, Alison (28 June 2018). "Royal Society of Literature admits 40 new fellows to address historical biases". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  28. ^ "NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  29. ^ "Evie Wyld wins the 2021 Stella Prize". ArtsHub. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  30. ^ "Barbara Jefferis Award 2022 shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 22 August 2022. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  31. ^ a b c "Mulcahy Conway Associates Ltd". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  32. ^ The Betty Trask Prize and Awards

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