douglas stuart

Cambridge Literary Festival

Friday 23 April, 2021 – 5 p.m.

£6.00 – Single event ticket
£35.00 – £50.00 – Festival Pass

Douglas Stuart discusses his heart-breaking Booker Prize winning novel with fellow Glaswegian and writer Jackie Kay.

Jackie Kay

Douglas Stuart burst fully-formed onto the literary landscape with his astonishing masterpiece Shuggie Bain, the deserving winner of the 2020 Booker PrizeSet against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Glasgow, the book covers poverty and addiction, childhood trauma and coming of age, and, at its heart, is about the love between a mother and her son. Douglas Stuart will be joined in conversation by the National Poet for Scotland, fellow novelist and Glaswegian Jackie Kay.   

Author Biographies

Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he moved to New York, where he began a career in design. Shuggie Bain is his debut novel. It won the 2020 Booker Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, the Kirkus Prize, and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and his essay on ‘Gender, Anxiety and Class’ was published by Lit Hub. Shuggie Bain is to be published in over 30 territories (and counting) and a TV adaptation is being made by A24 and Scott Rudin Productions; Douglas is currently writing the screenplay. Loch Awe, the second novel by Douglas Stuart, will be published by Picador in 2022.  

Jackie Kay (chair) is a Scottish poet and novelist, and has been the National Poet of Scotland since 2016. She is the author of a number of works, including The Adoption PapersTrumpet, and Red Dust Road. The recipient of numerous prizes, she was also twice shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year Award. She is currently chancellor of the University of Salford, and divides her time between Glasgow and Manchester.

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