Adnan Sarwar
As a British Pakistani boy growing up in Burnley, the author endured racial abuse. In his winning entry, the writer and actor explores what led him to join the British Army

Alexandra Zelman-Doring
The poet, playwright and actor recalls the aftermath of her 26-year-old husband’s cardiac arrest in the 2013 prize’s runner-up entry

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Hedley Twidle
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