Awards aplenty for Graeme Macrae Burnet and Chitra Ramaswamy

Posted on June 12, 2017

It has been a great few days for Saraband authors, with Chitra Ramaswamy’s Expecting being longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize, and Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project winning one of Holland’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award. Graeme has also been shortlisted for the the Sunday Herald’s Culture Awards.

The Polari First Book Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. Chitra Ramaswamy’s Expecting joins a strong longlist of twelve works of drama, poetry, memoir and fiction. The shortlist of up to six titles will be announced on Monday 31 July at a special Polari Literary Salon hosted at London’s Southbank Centre.

Meanwhile, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project has scooped this year’s Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award. Earlier in the year, Vrij Nederland, a leading Dutch magazine, awarded His Bloody Project a maximum five stars.

Graeme is also on the shortlist for the Author of the Year category in the Sunday Herald’s Culture Awards, aka “Scotland’s Oscars”. Graeme is up against Kevin MacNeil, Mallachy Tallack and Liz Lochhead, and the awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 13 July at SWG3 in Glasgow.