Kandace Siobhan Walker has won the 2019 Guardian 4th Estate short story prize with Deep Heart, a poignant exploration of kinship and community. The story follows three sisters running wild in the isolated island community where they live with their grandparents. When one of the girls disappears, her sisters search for her in the forest. Moving elegantly between problematic depictions of authority, cruelty and loss, Walker scooped the award from an all-female shortlist, which was whittled down from nearly 200 entries. The BAME prize, now in its fourth year, is open to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers who have been historically marginalised by UK publishers, and is sponsored by the Guardian and publisher 4th Estate.Last Days of the Girl’s Kingdom that was broadcast on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Deep Heart We are always barefoot. I try to explain this to the police officers who arrive from the mainland. We’re quieter this way and we need to be quiet when we’re stalking wild animals in the pine forest. Heaven walks in front because she’s the oldest, then me because I’m the youngest, then Bluebird at the rear. When I tell the black policeman we were hunting, Heaven shakes her head…. Read full this story
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