Fort writer in running for £20k literary prize

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Fort William crime thriller author JD Kirk has been shortlisted alongside four others, including and Nairn-based writer Mary Kingswood, for this year’s £20,000 Kindle Storyteller Award.

With their books, An Isolated Incident by JD Kirk – real name Barry Hutchison – and Stranger at the Villa by Mary Kingswood, they are now in the running for the literary award that celebrates independent publishing and recognises newly published work across all genres.

As well as the £20,000 cash prize, the winning author will be awarded a golden Kindle and dedicated marketing support on

A panel of judges, including broadcaster and author Clare Balding, will select the winner, who will be announced in October during a ceremony hosted by the celebrity judge herself.


Barry Hutchison, who writes his crime fiction under the pen name, JD Kirk.

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