Dylan Thomas prize goes to Lucy Caldwell

A novel set in Bahrain has won this year's prize for writers under 30

A ”lyrical modern day parable” has won this year’s University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.

The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell is the story of a Christian minister and his wife who move to Bahrain, and the moral, emotional and religious troubles that unfold when she realises the true purpose behind his missionary work. It is the Belfast writer’s second novel after Where They Were Missed, set during the Troubles.

"It is a beautifully written and mature reflection on identity, loyalty and belief in a complex world. We have no doubt that this is yet another significant step in what will undoubtedly be a striking career,” said Peter Stead, founder of the prize, who described the novel as "a lyrical modern day parable".

The award was set up in 2006 to encourage creative talent in writers under the age of 30. Caldwell was announced the winner at a ceremony last night (9th November), attended by Dylan Thomas' granddaughter Hannah Ellis.

The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell is published by Faber.