The James Tait Black prize is the oldest prize of its kind in the world. It is also the only one given by a University for works of biography and fiction.
This year’s ceremony was chaired by Sally Magnusson and filmed before a large audience inside the RBS Main Tent.
Hilary Spurling took the biography prize for her work, Burying the Bones, taking to the stage very emotional and admitting it was the achievement that had sparked the tears, but also that, “I became a grandmother earlier today so that might have something to do with too.”
In fiction, the winner was Tatjani Soli for her work, The Lotus Eaters. Promising not to cry, she said: “The lineage of the James Tait Black Prizes speaks for itself, and I am humbled and so proud to be part of it.”