We are delighted to announce that Jenny Robins is the winner of the 2018 First Graphic Novel Competition. Our congratulations to Jenny and to the rest of our wonderful shortlist: Cathy Brett, Sabba Khan, Clarrie Pope & Blanche Pope, Zara Slattery, Anna Trench and Sarah Ushurhe. This year’s judges included cartoonists Kate Evans and Martin Rowson, co-founders of BAME In Publishing Wei Ming Kam and Sarah Shaffi, and Myriad’s Creative Director Corinne Pearlman.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s special edition of our First Drafts Competition to launch unpublished writers. In celebration of Myriad’s forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby OBE, we invited submissions from unpublished women writers who identify as being of African heritage or descent. Our judges, including literary agent Elise Dillsworth and Vanessa La Rose of New Beacon Books, have a fabulous pile of contributions to read before we announce the shortlist in October.

As glittering reviews pour in for Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous (‘the breathless pace of a Hollywood car chase, a dry, clever humour worthy of Aaron Sorkin, and the heavy heart and soul of Márquez’), he talked to Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book about his fierce, profound and intensely urgent portrait of contemporary India.

This month we publish Redemption Ground, an enlightening, entertaining, profoundly political collection of essays by Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica and one of the foremost poets of her generation.

Our treat for September is Elizabeth Haynes’ highly anticipated new novel: based on a true Victorian crime that was never solved, The Murder of Harriet Monckton untangles evidence from four key suspects to deliver a compelling story packed with lust, loneliness and loathing.

We’re proud to be publishing game-changing graphic books and graphic subjects. This month we publish Olivier Kugler’s beautifully drawn reportage on Syrian refugees, Escaping Wars and Waves. October sees the publication of two landmark feminist books: Sohaila Abdulali’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape is a nuanced and unflinching look at what we don’t say as much as what we are beginning to say about sexual assault; Joni Seager’s beautifully designed edition of The Women’s Atlas is an invaluable feminist resource and example of cutting-edge data visualization.

Daring, powerful and arrestingly original, these are books for our times.

On Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate talked to Jenni Murray about The Inking Woman: 250 years of Women Cartoonists and Comic Artists in Britain.

Myriad publishes award-winning literary fiction, graphic novels and political nonfiction, including the ground-breaking State of the World atlas series. Our bestselling authors include Dan Smith, crime writers Elizabeth Haynes and Lesley Thomson, and graphic authors Darryl Cunningham, Kate Evans and Una. We champion new and emerging authors through two work-in-progress competitions. In 2017 we merged with New Internationalist as part of a joint plan to expand, reach wider audiences and publish books that push boundaries and embrace diversity.

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