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Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year

Finalists | Shortlist | Judges | Authors

The Judges

Janice Galloway
Rory Watson
Lilias Fraser 
Gavin Wallace

The difficult job of sifting through the longlist and finally selecting the winners is  down to a distinguished judging panel comprised of writer and broadcaster Janice Galloway; Professor of Literature, literary critic and poet Rory Watson; Lilias Fraser, Reader Development Officer at the Scottish Poetry Library; and Dr Gavin Wallace, Scottish Arts Council Head of Literature, who will chair the judging process in a non-voting capacity.

Judges Biographies

Janice Galloway

Author of three award-winning novels and two collections of short stories, Janice Galloway is regarded by many as one of Scotland’s finest writers.

She is the author of several award-winning novels and short story collections including her acclaimed first novel, The Trick is To Keep Breathing (1989), a bleak story of alienation set on a council estate in Glasgow, Foreign Parts (1994), which describes two women's adventures on a driving holiday through northern France and Clara (2002) about the 19th-century musician Clara Schumann.

Rosengarten, Janice's newest collaboration with visual artist Anne Bevan exploring obstetric implements and the history of birthing, is now part of the permanent collection of the Hunterian Museum, and is also available as a book. The project was the outcome of a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award in 2002.
Her work for BBC radio includes the two-part series, Life as a Man, the seven-part series, Imagined Lives, and, most recently, In Wordsworth's Footsteps.

Professor Rory Watson FRSE

Roderick Watson: poet, critic and Professor of literature at Stirling University, has published and lectured widely on Scottish Literature, cultural identity and modern Scottish writers.  He is Director of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Scottish Studies at Stirling. He served as Series Editor of the Canongate Classics and as chairman of the Scottish Book Trust when it became independent of the Book Trust in London, and has been a judge for the Booker prize as well as the McVitie’s and Stakis Prizes for Scottish Writer of the Year.

Lilias Fraser, Reader Development Officer, Scottish Poetry Library

Lilias joined the SPL in 2003 after postgraduate research at the University of St Andrews on contemporary Scottish poetry, and a motley collection of arts and publishing jobs. She works on all manner of events programming with the SPL's core and outlying collections. She is a Board member of the National Association for Literature Development. From 2007-2009 Lilias will be working on the Scottish Poetry Library's reader development project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, including a new readers' website, librarians' training, Poetry Boxes and events with the outlying collections.

Dr Gavin Wallace - Head of Literature, Scottish Arts Council

Gavin joined the Scottish Arts Council in 1997 as a Literature Officer before taking up his current post in 2002. He is a graduate and postgraduate, in English and Scottish Literature, of the University of Edinburgh.

He has been active in many aspects of Scottish literature and culture as a teacher, lecturer, critic, journalist, editor, and broadcaster at home and abroad, and was an Associate Lecturer in Literature and the Humanities at the Open University in Scotland from 1991-2001. He has co-edited critical works on Scottish Fiction and Theatre, and was a co-editor of the journal Edinburgh Review.

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