2017 Saltire Literary Awards shortlist unveiled at special event in Edinburgh
Multi-award winning writers and household namesJames Kelman, Bernard MacLavertyand Denise Mina feature alongside emerging talents Ever Dundas and Kate Hunterin 2017 Saltire Literary Awards shortlists, unveiled on the 12 October.
The shortlists for the seven awards that make up the 2017 Saltire Literary Awards were officially announced at an event hosted at the Edinburgh West End branch of Waterstones and featured readings from last year’s winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, Kathleen Jamie.
Widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards, the Saltire Literary Awards are organised by the Saltire Society, a non-political independent charity founded in 1936 which aims to celebrate the Scottish imagination.
Established writer John Burnside, one of only two poets to have won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book, features in both the Poetry and Fiction Book Awards shortlists. He is up against new voices Em Strang and Jason Donald for the coveted prizes.
A collection of some of the most beautiful and historically significant maps from the National Library of Scotland’s archive, the exploration of the development of Muslim communities in Scotland, highlighting the ongoing changes in their structure and the move towards a Scottish experience of being Muslim, and a collection, covering 500 years of transgressive Gaelic poetry with new English translations all contribute to a rich line-up in the Researchand Non- Fiction book of the Year Awards.
The Fiction Book of the Year shortlist features a number of acclaimed authors, including the latest books from previous Saltire Literary Award winners James Kelman, Bernard MacLaverty and John Burnside. Also featured isDenise Mina,the first woman to win the McIllvanney prize for her shortlisted novel,The Long Drop.
The First Book of the Year shortlist is particularly varied, with beguiling historical tale Goblin by Ever Dundas, the interweaving of crime and taxidermy in Sandra Ireland’s Beneath the Skin alongside the candid life-memoir of an Italian Scot, Anne Pia.
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