We’re so delighted to share the news that Soula Emmanuel, author of Wild Geese, has been shortlisted for the Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize as part of the 2024 Society of Authors Awards. This prize is awarded to a UK or Irish writer, or a writer currently resident in those countries, for a novel focusing on the experience of travel away from home. Inspired by Malcolm Lowry’s novel, Under the Volcano and in celebration of its author, the prize aims to inspire literary excellence and encourage writers to travel and to write from the resulting experience. The winner will receive £2,000 and the runner-up £750.

Soula is one of four incredible literary talents nominated for the prize; the shortlistees include Isabella Hammad for Enter Ghost, Santanu Bhattacharya for One Small Voice and Cecile Pin for Wandering Souls.

Judge Kerry Young said:

This year’s Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize shortlist is a treasure trove of wonderous storytelling from four writers who know that the personal is the political. Soula Emmanuel’s Copenhagen-based Wild Geese is observant and poetic. Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin journeys from Vietnam to London, reminding us of the suffering caused by the loss of one’s sense of place and belonging. Santanu Bhattacharya’s India-set One Small Voice triumphs the resilience of the human spirit from beginning to end. And Isabella Hammad’s Palestine-focussed Enter Ghost comments on the nature of resistance with care and poise. These books should be cherished for their social and political insights as well as for the splendour of their prose.

You can read more about the awards here

Congratulations Soula on this huge achievement, we’re so proud!