Pola Oloixarac and Imaobong Umoren win the 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award

Pola Oloixarac and Imaobong Umoren

The British Library and Hay Festival have announced Pola Oloixarac and Imaobong Umoren as the two winners of the 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award.

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Both win £20,000 and a year’s residency at the British Library to develop their forthcoming books, plus the opportunity to showcase their work at future Hay Festival events in the UK and Latin America.

Pola Oloixarac wins for Atlas Literario del Amazonas (Literary Atlas of the Amazon) ­– a work of creative non-fiction revealing the secret history of the Amazon as a region of the world and the people, ideas and stories within it that have remained unexplored. To be published by Penguin Random House.

Imaobong Umoren wins for Empire Without End: A New History of Britain and the Caribbean – an expansive new history of the 400 year relationship between Britain and the Caribbean, arguing that the Caribbean was the birthplace of a racial caste system that shaped both nations and continues to be influential today. To be published by Jonathan Cape.

Find more about the 2021 Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award.