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Wellcome Book Prize suspended after 10 years

In the UK, the Wellcome Book Prize has been suspended after 10 years of being awarded, reports the Bookseller.

Founded in 2009 by UK biomedical research charity the Wellcome Trust, which also opened the free medical museum the Wellcome Collection, the £30,000 (A$55,820) prize is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or nonfiction centred on medicine and health.

A review of the prize will take place but organisers declined to confirm if the award would return in the future.

In a statement, the organisers said Wellcome Collection ‘regularly reviews core programs and initiatives so we can make sure they remain relevant, impactful and responsive to our audiences’.

‘Following the success of the 10th year of the prize, we’ve decided to take a pause and reflect, just as we did in 2013,’ the organisers said. ‘Wellcome remains committed to supporting writers and great writing on health and what it means to be human.’

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, earlier this month Murmur (Will Eaves, CB Editions)—a fictionalisation of the life of mathematician Alan Turing following his arrest and enforced castration—was awarded this year’s prize.


Category: International news