The Moore Prize

2021 Judges

Adrienne Loftus Parkins

Adrienne Loftus Parkins is an international literary consultant.

As founder and former director of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature she focused on promoting contemporary pan-Asian writing and championing emerging Asian/British Asian writers throughout the UK. In her current roles as Literary Director/Advisor to Bangkok Edge, a co-founder of M Fest–Festival of Muslim Cultures & Ideas and as a member of the steering committee of the international DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, she has the opportunity promote literature as a tool of cultural understanding across many countries. Adrienne co-founded Anamika, a women’s educational group in India, headed the National Museums’ public lecture programme in Singapore and worked with the Pan Asian Women’s Association to promote Asian women writers. She has served on the steering committees of the British Council’s Korea and China Market Focus programmes and Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival. In 2019 Adrienne was a Moore Prize Judge. She will serve as Chief Judge for the Moore Prize 2021.

Debbie Stothard

Debbie Stothard is an active promoter of human rights in Burma where she developed the first ongoing women-specific training program for Burma. In 1996, she founded the Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma). During her 32 year career, she has worked as a journalist, community education consultant, governmental advisor and trainer in Malaysia, Australia and Thailand. She has worked with UN and Asean institutions as well as several governments in Asia, North America and Europe. She was also invited by many prestigious universities and conferences around the world to speak on the Burmese situation. She became Deputy Secretary-General of the FIDH in November 2010. Between 2010 and 2013, she represented FIDH on missions or at conferences in Belgium, Brazil, Burma, France, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United States. She was elected secretary general of FIDH in May 2013.

Minh Bui Jones

Minh Bui Jones is the founder and editor of Mekong Review, a quarterly English-language magazine of arts, literature, culture, politics, the environment and society in Asia. Bui Jones is a Vietnamese-Australian journalist who has worked for SBS-TV, the Sydney Morning Herald and Asia Times Online. He was the founder of The Diplomat and American Review. With the founding of Mekong Review in 2015, he has established himself as one of Asia’s leading literary publishers.