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Dilys Rose is a novelist, short story writer, and  poet, based in Edinburgh. She has published twelve books, most recently Unspeakable, a novel based on the life and times of Thomas Aikenhead, which, in April 2017, was selected as Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Month.

She has received various awards and fellowships for her work,  including: the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award, two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, a Society of Authors’ Travel Award,  the McCash poetry prize, a Unesco/City of Literature Fellowship and a Leverhulme Fellowship.  She has been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, the McVitie’s Scottish Writer of the Year, The Scottish Arts Council/Sundial Award, nominated for the Impac Prize and long-listed for Not the Booker Prize.

She also enjoys collaborating with visual artists, composers and scientists.  Her most recent collaboration, Watching Over You,  a song cycle on the theme of motherhood, was written for Karen Cargill, with music composed by Rory Boyle and performed by Red Note Ensemble in 2015.