The shortlist for the Orange Prize has been announced and, unfortunately, I haven't yet read any of the six titles. This is not something that usually causes me any particular concern, but this year I've launched a competition and an event tied into the prize, so I need to get reading.

One of the judges is Liz Calder who lives in Suffolk, and when I found out she was involved, I invited her to lead an event speaking about her experience. She says that working through the reading list and evaluating the contenders, to date, has been much like being in a reading group. I wonder if she'll have a different perspective when the winner is announced. We'll find out more on Thursday 16 June, at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge.