Highlights from the Baileys Prize Awards Party

Last night at the Clore Ballroom at London’s Southbank Centre, a host of literary luminaries and famous faces came together to celebrate the 2017 winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Naomi Alderman with her fourth novel, The Power.

An array of red carpet arrivals including actor and comedian Stephen Mangan, 2017 Baileys Prize judges Katie Derham and Aminatta Forna, former Baileys Prize winners Ali Smith and Lionel Shriver, author JoJo Moyes and many more attended last night’s festivities.

This year’s brilliant shortlisted authors, Naomi Alderman, with her book The Power, Linda Grant, with her book The Dark Circle, Ayobami Adebayo, with her book Stay With Me, Gwendoline Riley, with her book First Love and Madeleine Thien, with her book Do Not Say We Have Nothing gather for a photocall ahead of the winner’s announcement.

Naomi Alderman poses in front of the ‘Women’s Prize library,’ displaying all 22 years of the books longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Our brilliant shortlisted authors line up in front of giant versions of their shortlisted books, just prior to the winner’s announcement at the Royal Festival Hall.

 

Kate Mosse, bestselling author and co-founder of the Baileys Prize, takes to the stage to give a speech, and to introduce our 2017 Chair of Judges Tessa Ross.

 

‘This is a truly special prize – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere in the world’ 2017 Chair Tessa Ross comments in her moving speech (read Tessa’s wonderful words in full here).

 

Georgina Roberts, the winner of this year’s Grazia and Baileys Prize First Chapter competition, takes to the stage to receive her award from Grazia Editor Natasha Pearlman.

 

Fantastic 2017 Baileys Prize winner Naomi Alderman takes to the stage to receive the Bessie, our rather beautiful award.

 

‘Other women’s support and power has been more essential to me than electricity.’ Naomi Alderman gives a wonderful speech after being awarded this year’s Baileys Prize.

Watch the highlights of the ceremony below:

 

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