Prize-winners & shortlistees at Dundee Literary Festival!
This year’s festival will welcome a bumper crop of prize-winners and shortlisted authors to the city.
Denise Mina’s The Long Drop was selected from six shortlisted titles of fiction, memoir and travel writing to win The Gordon Burns 2017, revealed last night at the Durham Book Festival. In The Long Drop, she takes us back to Glasgow in the late 1950s where a series of deeply disturbing and violent murders have shaken the city.
Novelist, broadcaster and journalist Ian Sansom, one of the judges, commented: ‘Denise Mina’s The Long Drop is a truly startling and shocking work whose great literary ambition and inventiveness is matched by its moral complexity. In the opinion of the judges, the book upholds and continues that great tradition of literature both as a form of radical inquiry and as great pleasure, epitomised in the work of Gordon Burn.’
The Long Drop also won the The McIlvanney Prize, Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year. Denise joins us and writer Nicola White to discuss our fixation with crimes real and imagined on 20th October.
Sara Baume’s A Line Made by Walking is shortlisted for this year’s Goldsmith’s Prize, while her collocutor Mark O’Connell is up for the £30,000 Baillie Gifford Prize, which celebrates the best in non-fiction writing. They’re sharing a stage on Saturday 21st October to discuss wilderness, technology, art, the body, grief and humanity in what promises to be a thought-provoking event.
And the Saltire Society revealed their shortlist last night at an event in Edinburgh, and we’re delighted to see Jason Donald and Denise Mina shortlisted in Fiction Book of the Year; Ever Dundas for Goblin and Anne Pia for Language of My Choosing (and University of Dundee graduates Sandra Ireland (Beneath the Skin) and Daniel Shand (Fallow)!) shortlisted for First Book of the Year; Chris Fleet‘s Scotland: Mapping the Islands up for Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and 404Ink of Nasty Women fame up for Publisher of the Year.
Huge congratulations to everyone from us! We can’t wait to welcome them – and you – to Dundee.
Dundee Literary Festival kicks off on Wednesday 18th October and runs until Sunday 22nd October. Full info: https://literarydundee.co.uk/festival/