Prestigious award for crime writer

A crime writer is celebrating after winning a prestigious award.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 8:00 am
Robert Scragg.
Robert Scragg.

Robert Scragg has won the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction, a literary prize celebrating the outstanding crime and thriller storytelling of those who are from, or whose work celebrates, the North East.

Robert’s submission ‘Helix’ was selected by the prize’s esteemed panel of judges comprising crime writer Judith O’Reilly, founder of Newcastle Noir Dr Jacky Collins, arts and culture journalist David Whetstone, and international bestselling author LJ Ross.

One of the judges praised the submission, claiming “it had everything an action adventure should have – a conspiracy that is high concept, quick-paced writing, and convincing action”, while another commented that they could “see it being a TV show”.

They were all particularly impressed by Rob’s gripping, descriptive writing of the arrest scene at the beginning.

Robert, from Whitley Bay, became a crime writer having previously worked as a bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor and football coach, and is a founding member of the Northern Crime Syndicate Crime Writers Group.

He said: “When I saw I’d won, I was literally speechless, and may have done a little dance in the kitchen, that I’ll spare the world a repeat of.

"Looking forward now to polishing up my story and getting it out there for readers to see.”

LJ Ross said: “Since its inception three years ago, the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction has gone from strength to strength, which is reflected not only in the growing number of submissions from extremely gifted writers but also in the quality of the writing.”

Robert will receive a £2,500 to support the completion of his work.