The 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize was awarded on Wednesday 3 October as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival.
An extremely enjoyable and inspiring evening, the event featured Chair of the Judges, Margaret Busby OBE, in conversation with prize Patron, critic and writer Bonnie Greer OBE. Busby announced the four winners in alphabetical order, who each took turns to give memorable readings of extracts from their winning entries to a full house at Ilkley Playhouse.
The SI Readers’ Choice award was given to Karen Onojaife Borrowed Light and the four winners were announced as follows:
1st place: Minoli Salgado A Little Dust on the Eyes
2nd place: Karen Onojaife Borrowed Light
3rd place (tied): Emily Midorikawa A Tiny Speck of Black and then Nothing,
Jane Steele Storybank: The Milkfarm Years
Minoli Salgado received the newly commissioned trophy by Yorkshire artist Seiko Kinoshita from prize Patron and President of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, Maureen Maguire.