Shena Mackay is a Scottish novelist born in Edinburgh in 1944.
Her writing career started with her winning a poetry competition in the Daily Mirror at the age of 16. After leaving school her first publication was a volume of two novellas, Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumburger and Toddler on the Run (1964).
Her books include Redhill Rococo (1986), winner of the Fawcett Society Book Prize; Dunedin (1992), winner of the Scottish Arts Council Book Award; The Orchard on Fire (1995), shortlisted for the Booker Prize; and Heligoland (2003), shortlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction and the Whitbread Novel Award, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction.
She holds a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature and is also Honorary Visiting Professor at Middlesex University.