by NoViolet Bulawayo
Details of this year’s winner ceremony on Monday October 17 have been revealed. The vibrant, new-look event will take place at the Roundhouse, London, attended by Her Majesty The Queen Consort and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa
The last 45 minutes of the evening will be broadcast live as a Front Row special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds from 9.15pm BST.
You can also follow the evening’s proceedings on the Booker Prizes’ social media channels, where we’ll be sharing updates, interviews and clips. The winner will be announced live on the BBC from 9.50pm BST.
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The Booker Prize 2022 winner ceremony, the first fully in-person ceremony since 2019, will connect this year’s Booker writers with a diverse range of readers, from Her Majesty The Queen Consort and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa to the winners of the inaugural Booker Prize Book Club Challenge.
The evening, which will be a celebration of talent from across the cultural spectrum, is hosted by comedian Sophie Duker. The last 45 minutes of the evening, from 9.15pm BST, will be broadcast live as a Front Row special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds, presented by Samira Ahmed. TV coverage is expected to run live on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News, with highlights on the BBC News at Ten.
International audiences can listen live on BBC Radio 4. We’re expecting that you’ll be able watch the winning moment on BBC World News, which is available in over 200 countries. The next day, we’ll be publishing a special highlights film of the ceremony.
The winner will be presented with the Booker Prize trophy by Her Majesty The Queen Consort, in one of her first public engagements since the change in reign. Her Majesty has an enduring interest in literacy and reading. In her role as Duchess of Cornwall, Her Majesty was a long-standing Patron of National Literacy Trust (NLT) and championed Books Unlocked, which is delivered by NLT in partnership with the Booker Prize Foundation.
Her Majesty’s book club, ‘The Reading Room’ has featured Booker nominated authors and helps readers and non-readers alike find and connect with books they will love.
Read more about Books Unlocked here.
Mermade Films was commissioned by the Booker Prize Foundation to create 12 extraordinary black and white films, showcasing the 2022 shortlist, six of which will be shown at the ceremony.
Directed by Kevin Thomas, each features an extract from a shortlisted book, read by some of the world’s most recognisable performers: Nikki Amuka-Bird (Glory), David Harewood (The Trees), Jarvis Cocker (Treacle Walker), Prasanna Puwanarajah (The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida), Sharon Horgan (Small Things Like These) and Anna Friel (Oh William!).
Watch the films here and on our YouTube channel.
This year, for the first time in decades, the original Booker Prize trophy is being reinstated - in memory of its creator, the beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Pieńkowski, who died in February this year. The trophy was originally commissioned by Booker Prize founder Tom Maschler from Jan, who based it on an art deco lamp he found in a junk shop in Portobello Market. It was first awarded to P.H. Newby, in whose home it has played the role of plant stand and key holder, and whose wife painted it gold. The Booker Prize 2022 trophy is based on a 3-D scan of the one awarded to Newby, whose daughter, Sarah Schenk, kindly lent it for scanning. The process was orchestrated – and the trophy produced - by the Factum Foundation.