Nursing Studies

Former Writer in Residence Wins Book Award

Former Writer in Residence at the School of Health in Social Science, Nicola White, has won the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize - the UK's most lucrative award for debut novelists.

Nicola received a cash prize of £10,000 and a publishing deal with leading UK independent Cargo Publishing for In The Rosary Garden, a crime thriller inspired by a notorious true case of infanticide in Ireland in the 1980s.

She was presented with her award at a gala dinner staged as part of the Dundee Literary Festival at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa on Thursday, 24th October. More than 350 entries from around the world were read before a judging panel that included TV personality Lorraine Kelly, actor Brian Cox and Costa Prize-winning novelist AL Kennedy decided on the winner, describing Nicola’s book as “courageous and intelligent.”

Although In The Rosary Garden is Nicola’s first novel, her short stories have been published widely and broadcast on radio. Last year she was Leverhulme Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh and was the 2008 winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.