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Afternoon Tea with Douglas Stuart

21 October @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and find out more about the award-winning writer Douglas Stuart. Douglas Stuart is a Scottish – American author. His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, won the 2020 Booker Prize.

Douglas will be in conversation with Donald Murray, SoA in Scotland Committee member, to discuss his work, creative routine and how authors can reach out and connect to readers.

This event is supported by the Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) and will take place on online via Zoom Webinar. The link will be sent to registered attendees.



  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Donald S. Murray
  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Douglas Stuart about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine
  • 10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic
  • 5 minutes – Douglas Stuart will do a short reading from his book
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Douglas Stuart in advance, email  aganley@societyofauthors.org with ‘Douglas Stuart – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can on the day.


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The line-up

Douglas Stuart – Author  

Douglas Stuart is a Scottish – American author. His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, won the 2020 Booker Prize.

Stuart was a finalist for the National Book Award, The Pen Hemingway Award, The Critic’s Circle Prize, The Kirkus Prize, The Rathbones Folio award as well as several other literary awards. Shuggie Bain won the Sue Kaufman Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was crowned both the British Book of the Year, and the Debut of the Year, at the 2021 British Book Awards. Shuggie Bain is a New York Times, and a Sunday Times bestseller, and is to be translated into over thirty-eight languages.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he has an MA from the Royal College of Art in London, and since 2000 he has lived and worked in New York City. His short stories, Found Wanting, and The Englishman, were published in The New Yorker magazine. His essay, Poverty, Anxiety, and Gender in Scottish Working-Class Literature was published by Lit Hub. His second novel, Young Mungo, will be published in April 2022.

www.douglasdstuart.com | @Doug_D_Stuart / Twitter


Donald S. Murray – SoAiS committee member

Donald S Murray is a Gaelic speaking poet, author, teacher and occasional dramatist who was raised in Ness, Isle of Lewis and now lives even farther north in the South Mainland of Shetland. His debut novel As the Women Lay Dreaming won the Paul Torday Memorial Prize in 2020.

www.donaldsmurray.co.uk | @DonaldMurray56 / Twitter


About the SoA in Scotland

The SoA in Scotland (SoAiS) is a nation group of the Society of Authors. With over 800 members, the SoAiS committee of volunteers organises events and activties both on and offline throughout Scotland. Group activities are reported in the SoA’s quarterly magazine, The Author and the group keeps in touch via its private Facebook group. Find out more at: SoA in Scotland | The Society of Authors.



Book your place using the registration form below.

All our Afternoon Teas are free to everyone but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


21 October
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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