How to win a major book prize - Literary prize-winning graduate to appear at Writers Read

Graduate Daniel ShandDaniel Shand's book cover - FallowDaniel Shand returns to the University of Dundee this month as part of a new season of the Writers Read series of talks by distinguished literary figures.

In just a few years, Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, has gone from graduating from the University’s English and Creative Writing MA degree programme to winning the Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel Fallow.

The prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a first novel of ‘outstanding literary merit’ by an author under the age of 35, was presented at the Society of Authors’ annual ceremony in London this summer.

Fallow tells of the relationship between two brothers bound by a terrible crime. It is a tense and darkly comic thriller, lauded by fellow Scottish author Alan Warner as “a brilliant, unpredictable road novel.”

The judges of the prize said about his novel: “Bleak; funny; alarming; sad; it works on so many levels, managing to be at the same time a road trip through Scotland, a modern Biblical parable and a tense psychological thriller with echoes of Iain Banks and Cormac McCarthy.”

Daniel will be reading from his book and talking about new work, as well as giving advice to as yet unpublished writers and novelists, including students of the MLitt in Writing Practice & Study programme, at 3pm on October 25th in Tonic, 141 Nethergate, Dundee.

Writers Read events are open to all, with free admission.  The next Writers Read in the series on 15th November will feature essayist and journalist Susan Nickalls giving advice on shaping non-fiction writing for a large, general readership.