Highlights from the Women’s Prize Awards Party

On Wednesday night in Bedford Square Gardens in Bloomsbury at a glorious outdoor party, we celebrated the 2018 winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kamila Shamsie with Home Fire.

Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 winner Kamila Shamsie with shortlisted authors Meena Kandasamy, Imogens Hermes Gowar and Jesmyn Ward.

A host of famous faces and literary luminaries were in attendance to find out this year’s winner and raise a glass to celebrate the incredible work of this year’s shortlisted authors.

Left to right: Nikesh Shukla, Helen Lederer, Juno Dawson
Left to right: Laura Bates, Paula Hawkins, Stephen Mangan
Left to right: 2018 Women's Prize judges Katy Brand, Imogen Stubbs and Anita Anand

The evening was hosted by our Founder Director bestselling novelist Kate Mosse who gave a marvellous speech to mark the 23rd year of the Prize, saying: ‘Fiction can and does make a difference. It slips through the gap of what can and cannot be said.’

Next this year’s Chair of Judges Sarah Sands took to the stage to reveal this year’s winner, also thanking her fellow judges and commenting on this year’s ‘dazzling shortlist.’ Sarah then announced Kamila Shamsie as the 2018 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and welcomed Kamila onstage.

Watch below for the moment Kamila won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction:

Make sure you keep an eye on Twitter and Instagram for all the news from the Women’s Prize for Fiction awards party and a chance to win signed copies of Home Fire.

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