Joan Bakewell to chair 2016 judging panel

Author, journalist and broadcaster Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE will chair the panel of judges for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. She will be joined on the panel by: Frances Balkwill OBE, Professor of Cancer Biology at Barts Cancer Institute and author of science books for children; Damian Barr, writer, columnist and salonnière; Tessa Hadley, award-winning novelist; and Sathnam Sanghera, award-winning journalist and author.  


“It’s a privilege to chair such a distinguished panel of judges for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016,” said Joan Bakewell. “The space where medical science and literature meet remains one of the most informative and inspiring areas in publishing today, as shown by the strong shortlists the Prize has enjoyed in recent years. I look forward to this year’s submissions and finding a shortlist equally as fine.”

“We are so thrilled to announce this exceptionally talented panel of judges for the 2016 Prize,” said Kirty Topiwala, Wellcome Collection Publisher and Wellcome Book Prize manager. “This year’s judges embody an especially eclectic mix of personal experience and professional expertise – from literary to political, autobiography to biology. I think this will make for supremely exciting discussions and an insightful selection of books that spotlight the human experience at the heart of medicine.”

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