I'm a Pretty Circler by Iain Morrison
Publsihed by Vagabond Voices
'In its swirling, exuberant wordplay, Morrison’s ‘I’m a Pretty Circler’ let’s loose even as it focuses with brilliant precision on the quality of hesitations, desires and humour. Shuttling with a modern sensibility across swagger and self-correction, this scholarly collection swerves fascinatingly between cultural memories and the immediacy of touch.'
'It's great to see that Iain's refreshing and innovative collection is getting the recognition it deserves.'
'The Saltire Society Literary Awards have consistently foregrounded excellent poetry in recent years, so my first thought on receiving this nomination for Poetry Book of the Year was that it was a genuine honour to be admitted into this company. The recognition feels like a vote of trust that I can contribute to our national conversation, and I aim to live up to that. It’s been noted that Scottish poetry thrives on a diversity of voices and approaches from beyond the mainstream, something I’m pleased to say the work of my publisher Vagabond Voices supports. The judging panel has certainly reflected this health and wealth in its shortlist, and I’m very proud to be on it.'