Ingrid Persaud of Trinidad Wins BBC National Short Story Award

Author – Ingrid Persaud

Trinidadian author Ingrid Persaud has won the 13th BBC National Short Story Award for her story The Sweet Sop.

The Sweet Sop was Persaud’s first short story she wrote and it also won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017.

It tells the story of a young Trinidadian man who finds out his absent father is dying and they reconnect thanks to a shared love of chocolate.

Judge and former winner K J Orr described it as “tender and ebullient, heartbreaking and full of humour”.

The award comes with a £15,000 prize.

Persaud’s debut novel, If I Never Went Home, was published in 2014.

Abell, who is the editor of the Times Literary Supplement, said: “The judges were unanimous in their praise for a story which keeps a consistency of voice without smoothing over the reality of genuine conflict.

“The relationship between Victor and Reggie, estranged father and son, who find solace in chocolate, is an utterly convincing and memorable one, a clever inversion of normal parental process. We are all delighted to give Ingrid Persaud this award.”


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