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What is Colour?

Michael Rosen and China Miéville discuss the theme of the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing "colour".


About the Warwick Prize for Writing

The Warwick Prize for Writing was launched in 2008 and is an innovative literature prize that involves global competition, and crosses all disciplines. The Prize will be given every two years for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form, on a theme which will change with every award. The winner of the inaugural Prize was announced on 24 February 2009 as Naomi Klein for The Shock Doctrine. The second Warwick Prize for Writing will be awarded in 2011.

The winner of this award will receive £50,000 and the opportunity to take up a short placement at The University of Warwick.

Michael Rosen, Chair of The Warwick Prize for Writing 2011 Judging Panel

Michael Rosen is a writer, broadcaster, performer and Visiting Professor of Children's Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. He was the Children's Laureate 2007-2009 and has been writing books for children since 1974. He was born in Harrow, Middlesex in 1946, educated in state schools before studying at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School for a year. He moved on to Wadham College Oxford where he switched to English and finished there in 1969. He worked for three years at the BBC but since then has been a freelance writer, performer and teacher visiting schools all over the country doing what is in effect a one-man show, mixing poetry with songs, jokes and stories. He has just designed a Masters Course in Children's Literature for Birkbeck which he will convene, starting in October 2010. He has presented many radio shows and occasional TV programmes, and is the current presenter of BBC Radio 4's 'Word of Mouth'.

China Miéville, Chair of The Warwick Prize for Writing 2009 Judging Panel

China Miéville was born in 1972, and is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is twice winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award, and of the British Fantasy Award. His fiction includes 'Perdido Street Station', 'Iron Council', and 'Un Lun Dun', a book for younger readers. His non-fiction includes 'Between Equal Rights', a study of international law.

He has a degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge, and an MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birckbeck School of Law, and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick.