Sally Magnusson and Anne Donovan shortlisted for top literary award

07 October 2014

Sally Magnusson and Anne Donovan shortlisted for top literary award

Dr Magnusson has been included in the Saltire Scottish Literary Book of the Year category

Honorary President of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Magnusson Scholarship Foundation, Dr Sally Magnusson (pictured), and GCU Cultural Fellow Anne Donovan, have each been shortlisted for a prestigious 2014 Saltire Literary Award.

Dr Magnusson has been included in the Saltire Scottish Literary Book of the Year category for Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, a first-hand account of dementia and memory loss in the family. Her research for the book led to the founding of Playlist for Life, a pioneering musical memories initiative to help those with dementia, in collaboration with experts and researchers at GCU.

GCU Cultural Fellow Anne has been nominated in the same category for for Gone Are The Leaves, a historical novel tinged with fantasy and myth. It was published to critical acclaim earlier this year. The former English teacher’s first novel, Buddha Da, was short-listed for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Anne won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award in 1997 and was a Canongate Prize winner in 2000.

The official shortlists for the five award categories that make up the annual Saltire Literary Awards were announced on Saturday, October 4 at the Wigtown Book Festival. The winning book from each category will go on to compete for the coveted Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award.

Widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards are organised by the Saltire Society, a non-political independent charity founded in 1936 which has membership branches throughout Scotland.

The winners of all award categories will be announced at a special ceremony on November 11, 2014.

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