Crime-writing festival reveals 2020 award nominees

Bloody Scotland reveals contenders for its top prizes.

Award: The main prize is named after crime-writing legend William McIlvanney.
Award: The main prize is named after crime-writing legend William McIlvanney.

Scotland’s international crime-writing festival has announced the nominations for its 2020 awards.

The shortlist for the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year has been revealed, as well as the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize.

The debut prize, introduced last year, is judged by a panel including Bloody Scotland founding director Lin Anderson.

A spokesman for Bloody Scotland said at a time when debut writers have suffered more than anyone else due to bookshop closures, the debut prize is more important than ever.

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The authors on the shortlist are Deborah Masson for Hold Your Tongue, published by Transworld; Stephen O’Rourke for The Crown Agent (Sandstone); Marion Todd for See Them Run (Canelo), and Francine Toon for Pine (Doubleday).

The McIlvanney Prize is named in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the godfather of tartan noir.

It will be judged by broadcaster and writer Stuart Cosgrove, Publishing Scotland chairman James Crawford and The Times Crime Club editor Karen Robinson.

The shortlist for the prize, which is sponsored by Glencairn Glass and includes a £1000 reward plus nationwide promotion in Waterstones, will be revealed at the beginning of September.

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Kirsty Nicholson, Glencairn’s design and marketing manager, said: “There has never been a better time to immerse ourselves in a gripping book and enjoy a little escapism during these uncertain times.

“We would like to congratulate all the talented authors who’ve been successful in securing a place on this year’s McIlvanney Prize longlist, as well as the new writers who have been shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Debut Scottish Crime Book of the Year.”

Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival was scheduled to take place in Stirling from September 18-20 but will now take place entirely online.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 18.

The longlist for the McIlvanney Prize is:
Lin Anderson, Time for the Dead (Macmillan);
Lisa Gray, Bad Memory (Thomas & Mercer);
Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling);
Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda);
Val McDermid, How the Dead Speak (Little, Brown);
Ben McPherson, The Island (HarperCollins);
James Oswald, Bury Them Deep (Headline);
Ambrose Parry (aka Christopher Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman, The Art of Dying (Canongate);
Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing (Mantle);
Caro Ramsay, The Red, Red Snow (Severn House);
Craig Robertson, Watch Him Die (Simon & Schuster);
Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday).


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