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Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival 17-19 September 2021
Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival
Reveals Five Finalists For The Mcilvanney Prize 2021
Sponsored by The Glencairn Glass with match funding from
Culture & Business Fund Scotland
Five years ago the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award
was renamed the McIlvanney Prize in memory of William McIlvanney. This year
his final book, The Dark Remains, completed with the help of Ian
Rankin, was launched at the Edinburgh Book Festival immediately prior to
the announcement of the McIlvanney Prize shortlist.
The McIlvanney Prize judges this year include Karen Robinson, formerly
of The Times Crime Club and a CWA judge; Ayo Onatade, winner of the CWA Red
Herring Award and freelance crime fiction critic and Ewan Wilson, crime fiction
buyer from Waterstones Glasgow.
They selected five finalists from the longlist of thirteen. The list includes
2015 winner, Craig Russell; established names Stuart MacBride and Alan Parks
and two debut authors, Emma Christie and Robbie Morrison who beat some of the
biggest names in crime fiction to make the cut. Emma Christie was one of the up and coming
authors selected to appear at Crime in the Spotlight as a support act for The
Never Ending Panel last year.
The judges described Craig Russell as ‘an author who never disappoints
and always gets to the heart of a story’ and they ‘loved the presentation of
Victorian Edinburgh and Celtic myths’ inHyde(Constable)
They praised The April Deadby Alan Parks (Canongate) for ‘continuing to
innovate’ and said they ‘enjoyed the well-drawn characters and cliffhanger
They called The Coffin Maker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
‘a dark, edgy and original novel, full of action and a great sense of
place with just the right kind of humour’
They described The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie (Welbeck) as ‘taking
the domestic noir genre and offering something fresh and different with well
controlled characters’ and called Edge Of The Grave by Robbie Morrison
(Macmillan) ‘a compelling exploration of gangland Glasgow, with a brilliant
sense of period. They enjoyed the pace of the novel and the unforeseen twist at
the end.’ Both are also on the shortlist for the Bloody Scotland Debut
The Glencairn Glass, the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass and the Official Glass
for Whisky is again sponsoring both The McIlvanney Prize and The Bloody
Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year. Culture & Business Fund Scotland
have generously given matched funding.
The winners of both prizes will be revealed at the Albert Halls in Stirling
at 5.15pm on Friday 17 September and broadcast live on-line.