Wednesday 3 July 2019

Saltire Society Outstanding Women of Scotland 2019 Nominations Open

Launched in 2014, the Outstanding Women of Scotland campaign recognises and celebrates remarkable Scottish women from all walks of life who have made an outstanding contribution to Scottish society.

Each year sees ten women inducted in to the OWS community. Previous inductees include the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; singer-songwriter and political activist Annie Lennox, Playwright Jo Clifford and Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay.

The inductees of Outstaning Women of Scotland 2018

Back row: L - R Sarah Wanless, Jenny Brown,Karyn McCluskey, Louise Beattie, Beth Morrison

Front Row: L - R Talat Yaqoob, Janice Parker, Rosemary Ward, Isabel McCue


The 2019 Outstanding Women of Scotland Inductees will be announced as part of the Women of the World – What Now? event in Perth on Saturday 5 October.  The event will see each inductee presented with a limited edition print, commissioned from an emerging artist and will culminate with a performance by comedian Lubna Kerr.

Speaking on the launch of the fifth Outstanding Women of Scotland, Sarah Mason, Director of the Saltire Society said: 

It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate truly inspiring women. Women who contribute both to Scotland and internationally, who change the world we live in. The Saltire Society exists to promote and celebrate Scottish culture and heritage and we are proud to have established the Outstanding Women of Scotland programme. The contribution of women to the cultural life of Scotland has been truly remarkable but sadly too often overlooked or underestimated. By continuing to build the Outstanding Women of Scotland community annually, I hope we can begin to address that shortcoming and bring women to the forefront.

Alexandra Lort Phillips, WOW Perth Programmer 2019 said:

What Now? Perth is delighted to be teaming up with the Saltire Society to present the Outstanding Women of Scotland in the evening. Following our highly successful WOW - Women of the World Festivals in 2017 and 2018 Horsecross Arts teams up with The WOW Foundation to present WOW - What Now? a series of major conversations taking place across the UK. Join us for a jam-packed day of creative conversation, debate, film screenings, a pub-style quiz and exciting speakers. Celebrating women and girls whilst taking a frank look at the challenges we all still face in the movement towards gender equality.

Public nominations can be made HERE until 12 August 2019 and are considered by an independent panel which includes previous inductees.


Nominees must be at least one of the following:

-          Have been born in Scotland

-          Currently live/work in Scotland

-          Have contributed to Scottish life


25 October 2019

Saltire Book Cover of the Year 2019

Our new Award for Cover Design celebrates the enormous talent Scotland has in book production and design. This Award and its recipient will exemplify creativity and the relationship between the designer, the publisher and author.

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24 October 2019

Scotland's National Book Awards Shortlist Announced

The Saltire Society has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Saltire Literary Awards, as well as two brand new prizes. 

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5 October 2019

2019 Outstanding Women of Scotland 2019 Announced

Campaigners tackling period poverty, equality and the continuation of Scottish Folklore and folksong are among the 2019 Outstanding Women of Scotland Inductees.

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