Words of wisdom
WITH no shortage of prizes, awards and lists dedicated to ‘young’ and aspiring writers, more people have been drawing attention to ageism in literature and the publishing industry. Trying to redress the balance somewhat is the Royal Society of Literature in Britain, which has announced the Christopher Bland prize for writers who are first published over the age of 50. According to the society, the prize is designed to show people it’s never too late to start doing something you love. The £10,000 prize is named in honour of the late businessman Christopher Bland who began writing fiction in his 60s and published two novels and produced a play in the period before his death. Entries are also open to Irish citizens and residents and the closing date is December 12.