Prince Charles and Camilla

The Duchess of Cornwall to present the Man Booker Prize at the Guidehall

The Duchess of Cornwall will present the 2018 Man Booker Prize next Tuesday evening.

The Duchess will also attend a dinner and reception at the Guildhall in London. The Man Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and is one of the most prestigious literary award.

All shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner receives substantially more taking home £50,000 – as well as a place in the literary history books.

This will be the sixth time the Duchess has presented the Man Booker Prize. In 2013, she awarded Eleanor Catton for her book Luminaries. In 2014, Richard Flanagan was given the award for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Marlon James won the prize in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings, and in 2016 Paul Beatty became the first American to ever win the prize for his novel The Sellout.

Last year HRH presented the Man Booker Prize to author George Saunders, after his book, Lincoln in the Bardo was deemed worthy of winning the prestigious literary award.

The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace in July to celebrate 50 years since the founding of the Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Camilla is Patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, The Wicked Young Writers Award and First Story, all of which help to promote literacy in young people.

Earlier this year The Duchess handed out awards to finalists of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition, seeking to encourage children aged 13 and under to compose a piece of fiction of no more than 500 words.