By DAVID COLLARD
The highlight of this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival was the English premiere of Annie Ryan's stage adaptation of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride's debut novel.
The 300-seat Playhouse Theatre was a particularly appropriate venue because Norwich is home to the independent Galley Beggar Press, publishers of the novel in 2013. Over the subsequent months it went on to win just about every literary prize: the Goldsmiths, the Baileys (formerly Orange), the Kerry, the Geoffrey Faber and the Desmond Elliott. This spectacular haul was all the more surprising because A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is quite unlike the heavyweight middlebrow writing that dominates most shortlists.