Curewife with its
bloodline of witches cast a spell over the distinguished judges of the Dundee Book Prize
and beat off competition from a world-wide field of entrants to win Scotland's
largest literary award for an unpublished novel.
The three-stage judging took nine months to complete and culminated in the
five short-listed entrants attending a ceremony at Dundee's new Contemporary Arts
Centre to announce the winner.
Over 200 guests from
Universities, Scottish Government, the Scottish Arts Council, Dundee City
Council, publishers, television and radio stations, and the press attended the awards ceremony.
Former Booker Prize
Judge, Hilary Mantel, highly-acclaimed novelist and herself a winner of several
literary awards, presented the prize. She said, "Scottish writing
is the envy of the world. Over the last 20 years it has produced some
excellent authors and some wonderful books. It is very far-sighted of
Dundee to support that and to continue a tradition of encouraging new authors
to find their voice...... I wish other cities would take a leaf out
of Dundee's book."
INTERNATIONAL book prize 2007
Information on The Dundee International Book Prize 2007 can be found by visiting the "City of Dundee" website,
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