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Scottish Arts Council reveals book award shortlist

23rd March 2010

The Scottish Arts Council has named the titles competing for its 2010 book awards.

John Aberdein's Strip the Willow, Death of a Ladies' Man by Alan Bissett, A.L. Kennedy's What Becomes and All the Colours of the Town by Liam McIlvanney are the books in the running for the competition's fiction prize.

Chair of judges Dr Gavin Wallace, head of literature at the Scottish Arts Council, said the shortlisted titles show the full scope of Scottish writing and cover a variety of forms and themes.

'Here is the whole forcefield of contemporary Scottish fiction, pulsing with irresistible energy, stylistic exuberance, originality, wit, anger and compassion. This is writing familiarly ours, yet infinitely and resonantly, everyone's,' he commented.

The winners of the awards' individual categories, which comprise nonfiction, poetry and first book as well as fiction, will be named on April 7th, before the overall winner of the GBP 30,000 prize is announced on June 18th.

Last week, Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters, Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore were among the 20 writers included on the women-only Orange Prize for Fiction longlist.

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