The Prize’s founder and sponsor the Duke of Buccleuch launched the Walter Scott Prize Academy in December 2016.
Designed to broaden the global reach and strengthen the resources of the Prize, the Academy is an advisory group feeding into the submission process, comprising people at the centre of literary life in the UK and in Commonwealth countries around the world, whose positions and knowledge give them a unique standpoint to help the Prize find its winners.
The Walter Scott Prize Academy members
Jemma Birrell, former Artistic Director, Sydney Writer’s Festival
James Daunt, CEO Waterstones
Roland Gulliver, Associate Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Philip Hensher, Writer and Critic
Justine Henzell, Calabash Festival, Jamaica
Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director, Melbourne Festival
Anne O’Brien, Artistic Director, Auckland Writer’s Festival
Hal Wake, former Artistic Director, Vancouver International Writer’s Festival
The Walter Scott Prize Academy has now released its 2018 recommended reading list of twenty books. See here for full details.