Saltire Awards to celebrate Scottish writing at St Andrew’s Day ceremony

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The Saltire Society will announce the winners for its Literary Awards at a special ceremony tomorrow, coinciding with St Andrew’s Day.

39 books, writers, and publishers have been shortlisted by the literary society, which aims to celebrate and promote Scottish writing.

Saltire Society Programme Director, Sarah Mason said: “As always with the Saltire Literary Awards, the sheer scale, diversity and excellence within the shortlists exemplify the best in Scotland’s literary sphere.”

Previous winners include Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, which was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year, Ali Smith’s novel How To Be Both, and Chitra Ramaswamy’s essay collection Expecting.

The shortlist is split into seven categories:

  • Fiction Book of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland;
  • the Non-Fiction Book of the Year; Research Book of the Year, sponsored by the National Library of Scotland;
  • Poetry Book of the Year; the First Book of the Year;
  • Publisher of the Year;
  • and Emerging Publisher of the Year.

Ever Dundas, whose historical fiction novel is shortlisted for 2017’s First Book of the Year, said: “I’m thrilled that Goblin has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. It’s been quite a difficult year due to the problems at Freight Books, so this was a real boost.

“I’m very much looking forward to a night of celebrations with fellow nominees on Thursday.”

Freight Books, which the Saltire Society named Publisher of the Year in 2015, fell into liquidation this year after its co-founder Adrian Searle resigned.

Indie publishers 404 Ink, who recently won the Creative Edinburgh Start-up Award, are shortlisted under the category this year alongside BHP Comics, Canongate, Birlinn, Handspring, and Vagabond Voices.

Its founders Heather McDaid and Laura Jones are also nominated for Emerging Publisher of the Year up against Laura Waddell of HarperCollins and Kirstin Lamb of Barringston Stoke.

Lamb said: “I am beyond delighted to be shortlisted for Emerging Publisher of the Year Award. It’s an honour to be recognised in this way, and especially alongside such strong contenders that I consider friends as well as great publishers.”

Each of the seven winners will receive a cash prize and go on to compete against each other for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award and an accompanying £3,000 cash prize, awarded to Kathleen Jamie for her poetry collection The Bonniest Companie last year.

The Saltire Society was founded in 1936 to promote the Scottish arts and gave its first Saltire Book Award in 1937.

The Literary Awards shortlist was revealed on Thursday 12 October.

The final ceremony will take place on Thursday 30 November at Central Halls in Tollcross.

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