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Professor Kirsty Gunn wins Award


Kirsty Gunn, Professor of Creative Writing, has been named winner of the Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year for The Boy and the Sea (Faber).

The judging panel, including Dr Robyn Marsack, director of the Scottish Poetry Library, and Dr Gavin Wallace, head of literature at the Scottish Arts Council, lavished praise on Professor Gunn's work, commenting:

"This is a novella of consummate subtlety, imaginative daring, and emotional intensity, capturing the anguish of adolescent sensitivity and mystery in an intimate yet elemental story, rendered in a poetic prose of dazzling lyricism."

At the award ceremony on Saturday 18th August, William Gray Muir, managing director of sponsor Sundial Properties said:

"The Boy And The Sea is a truly remarkable book, with its poignant story drifting effortlessly between poetry and prose. The original aim of this book of the year award was to recognise works of the highest quality across the full range of contemporary literature. It is truly gratifying to have such a worthy winner in the first year of the prize."

John Burnside, former Writer in Residence at the University of Dundee, won the non-fiction category with A Lie About My Father, while Kate Atkinson, an English graduate who later taught in the department, was a runner up in the fiction category with One Good Turn.

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