The Dylan Thomas Prize – the World's Largest Literary Prize for young writers – announces the 2011 winner

Origin Theatre Company would like to congratulate Belfast writer Lucy Caldwell on receiving the The Dylan Thomas Prize: the World's Largest Literary Prize

In 2009 Origin Theatre Company were the first theatre company in the U.S. to present her work with our main stage production of The Luthier, as part of our commissioning work 

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Founded in 2006, the Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded annually to published writers in any genre under the age of 30.  At the ceremony in Thomas' hometown of Swansea, Wales, Lucy Caldwell was presented with a check for £30,000 ($48,000) and a specially commissioned bust of iconic Welsh writer Dylan Thomas.  She and the other finalists will be exploring Wales as she celebrates this prize.  The ceremony took place on the anniversary of Dylan Thomas' death. 

 Lucy Caldwell, who was born in 1981 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, fought off stiff competition. The shortlist included New Yorkers, Benjamin Hale and Téa Obreht, who also is a finalist in the 2011 National Book Award, and Jacob McArthur Mooney, an accomplished poet from Canada.

 Lucy has already had many memorable links with the USA and Origin Theatre.  In October of this year she received The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature at the Residence of the US Ambassador to Ireland.  Her award-winning novel, which has been described as "haunting and compulsively readable," has garnered rave reviews in the UK.     

"The Meeting Point is a passionate, sensitive exploration of the lies that make family life possible and the compromises contained in every expression of love'

Kate Williams, Financial Times

It's the story of a Christian minister Euan, his wife Ruth and their young daughter moving to Bahrain and becoming caught up in emotional and religious complexities.  Their experience begins as an adventure they will cherish, but far from home, and with events spiraling towards war in nearby Iraq, Ruth starts to question her faith and her marriage. She meets Noor, a troubled teenager recently returned to Bahrain to live with her father. Confronted by temptations and doubt, each must make choices that could change lives forever.