The Prize’s founder and sponsor the Duke of Buccleuch launched the Walter Scott Prize Academy in 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.
We are delighted to welcome the following new members to the Academy in 2019:
Simon Savidge, Savidge Reads and Liverpool Central Libraries, UK
Lola Shoneyin, Director, Ake Arts & Books Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
Frankie Murrey, Festival Co-ordinator, Open Book Festival, Cape Town, South Africa
Ahsan Akbar, Dhaka Literary Festival, Bangladesh
Vivian Bannerman, Main Street Books, St Boswells, Scottish Borders, UK
Karen Howlett, Cornflower Books blog, UK
Lynne Hatwell, Dovegreyreader blog, UK
They join existing Academy members:
Roland Gulliver, Associate Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Hal Wake, former Artistic Director, Vancouver International Writer’s Festival
Thank you to all our Academy members, and we look forward to seeing the Academy’s recommended books for the 2019 Prize!