Posted on 7th July 2015

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2015 Longlisted author awarded Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal

Huge congrats to 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize longlisted author, Eve Makis, who has been awarded the ‘Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal’ for The Spice Box Letters.

EveMakis_CoverThe medal has been awarded to Eve in recognition of a novel that raises global awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The story is told through a granddaughter’s exploration of her family history. The granddaughter, Katerina inherits a wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. The box contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam’s childhood was shattered by the tragedy of 1915.

The award will be presented by the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Hayk Demoyan, in August.

Robert Davidson, Director of Sandstone Press said, “Eve Makis’ novel is highly timeous in that it looks back, with an unflinching eye, to the terrible events of the Armenian genocide of 1915, widely regarded as the first of the 20th century, and its aftermath. As this is the Centenary Year of the tragedy, the novel is especially fitting.”

Eve Makis studied at Leicester University and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. Her firt book Eat, Drink and be Married was awarded
the Young Booksellers International Book of the Year Award and a screen adaptation of her third book, Land of the Golden Apple, is being released in 2016. Eve is a part time tutor in creative writing at Nottingham University.

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