The Walter Scott Prize
June 15 at 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Founded and sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is at once a glorious celebration of Scott’s invention of the historical novel and also a source of continuing encouragement to writers in that enormously popular genre. With £25,000 to the winner and £1,000 to all who are shortlisted, it can be life and career changing. Past winners have included Hilary Mantel, Robert Harris, Andrea Levy and Tan Twan Eng. The winner of the 2018 prize, Benjamin Myers, who saw his name on 30 million postmarks congratulating him, announced that he would use some of the prize money to go to Iceland to see a Guns n’ Roses concert!
“What a feast of exceptional writing has been showcased in Melrose in the 10 years since the founding of the Walter Scott Prize and my wife and I are more grateful than we can say to brilliant authors, brave judges and passionately engaged readers who have made it so hugely worthwhile. Through the alchemy of historical fiction we have, together, crossed centuries and continents and met a cast of characters who I am sure have touched us all in some way or another. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Ivanhoe, the most widely read and known of all Sir Walter’s novels and as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the prize with panache, we will think back on our local genius who set it all in motion. Please join us for a day of spirited theatrical blending that promises entertainment, enlightenment and a good deal of emotion.”
The Duke of Buccleuch