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Boyd Tonkin (Chair)

Boyd Tonkin (Chair)

Boyd Tonkin is a writer, journalist and critic who re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2001 and judged it each year until 2015. For many years the Literary Editor of The Independent, he then became the paper’s Senior Writer and Art Critic. He studied English and French literature at Cambridge University, and lectured in literature before becoming an award-winning magazine journalist, and freelance writer and interviewer for The Observer. He was appointed social policy editor of the New Statesman, and then the magazine’s Literary Editor, before moving to The Independent. He has reported on literary and artistic issues from more than 30 countries on five continents, has been an invited speaker at festivals and conferences around the world, and his work has appeared in books from Reading the Vampire Slayer and the Oxford Good Fiction Guide to (most recently) a new edition of Muriel Spark’s writing on the Brontes. He has also judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the David Cohen Prize, and the Prix Cevennes in France. He is a Trustee of the Orwell Prize and an associate editor of the journal Critical Muslim.