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Iain MacDonald, 2017 award winner, speaks about his story, “The Gannet”

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This event is hosted jointly with the Colinton Parish Church Lit Society ("The Lit"), which celebrates its 108th season this year and has welcomed the Pentlands Book Festival's involvement in this inaugural joint event.

Iain MacDonald won the inaugural Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing in 2017, as well as the international Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, with his unpublished story, "The Gannet". The rules were changed for the 2018 competition to prevent one author winning both prizes in the same year.

Alexander McCall Smith chose 'The Gannet' as his favourite among all the finalists, calling it 'atmospheric' and praising the 'clarity and the economy of the prose’. We look forward to hearing about the genesis of his story and of Iain's plans for future publications.

Unpublished author Iain MacDonald was born in Lewis but grew up in Thurso. The thirty-two year-old, who is a Drama teacher at Linlithgow Academy, said at the time that he had never shown his work to anyone except his partner before winning the two prizes.

Iain completed a Master’s degree at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was in theatres as a Director, where he worked on new writing and with children. He then decided to go into teaching and had only been at Linlithgow Academy for a short time before winning the prizes.

He said “I’ve really enjoyed working at the school. It has been very welcoming and it has really good staff and pupils. I enjoy teaching drama because it gives kids invisible skills, such as teamwork, public speaking and helps them to develop confidence. I think it is important to have it in the curriculum as it is not a traditional subject.

At the awards dinner, Short Story Director Sara Cameron McBean said, 'Iain's win speaks loudly to all those writers in Scotland who have been hiding their work in a secret drawer. It is time to take the chance and share your work because who knows what can happen’.

The event is free to members of The Lit, with non-members being welcome on payment of £3 at the door. DO NOT REGISTER HERE - THESE ARE NOT THE TICKETS. BUY AT THE DOOR

To read “The Gannet”, visit:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58fa21e8893fc0c15af775c4/t/59e5c2d980bd5e92ef7e0cb0/1508229851349/The+Gannet+by+Iain+MacDonald.pdf


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