This evening Philip Hand was announced as the winner of The Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize for his translation from the Chinese of Han Dong’s story ‘The Wig’.

Philip Hand, who is resident in Xiamen province, China, is this year’s winner of the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize. He received £1000 and a selection of Harvill Secker titles and will take part in a six-month mentorship scheme through the British Centre for Literary Translation. In November Mr Hand will travel to The Hague to participate in The Chronicles programme, which brings together young authors and young translators as part of the Crossing Border festival.

Philip Hand flew to London to collect his award and commented ‘It’s incredibly flattering to win a prize like this. Harvill Secker is providing me with a fantastic opportunity to meet other translators and find out a bit about how it all works, so this is a great learning experience.’

The runners-up were Michael DayGraham Faulkner and Andrew Wormald.

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