Denise Mina – Chair of Judges

Denise Mina is the author of the Garnethill Trilogy (1998) Paddy Meehan novels and the Alex Morrow Series. Stand-alones include Sanctum (Deception in the US), Conviction, The Less Dead and The Long Drop.

Plays include Ida TamsonA Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle (hour long performance poem), Meet Me and an adaptation of Brecht’s Mr Puntila and His Man Matti  for a co production between the Traverse, Citizens and Dot Theatre company of Istanbul. An improvised comedy series Group pilot premiered on BBC Scotland 2020.

Comics include a year-long run on Hellblazer, an original graphic novel A Sickness in the Family and an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy.

Literary prizes include the CWA Dagger for best first novel, CWA Dagger for short story of the year which she won twice, the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Award in two consecutive years and the 2017 Gordon Burn and McIlvanney Prizes for The Long Drop and The Less DeadConviction was a joint winner of the McIlvanney Prize 2019, a New York Times best seller and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. She has been shortlisted for The Edgar, The CWA historical Dagger and short story dagger. In 2020 The Less Dead was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year.

She has served as a judge for the CWA, The Womens’ Prize for Fiction and the David Cohen Prize.

She has written for the New York Times, La Liberation, the Guardian and the Herald and is a regular contributor on radio and television.

I’m delighted to be serving as chair of the Gordon Burn Prize for my second and final year. This year’s panel of judges promise to bring fresh eyes and strong opinions to the exceptional remit of this joyous prize.