Roseanne Watt is a writer, filmmaker and musician from Shetland. Her debut collection, Moder Dy,was published by Polygon in May 2019, after receiving the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for Scottish poets under 30.

ModerDy subsequently received both an Eric Gregory and Somerset Maugham Award in 2020, and was named joint-winner of the Highland Book Prize 2019.

It is such an unexpected and lovely thing to be included on this list.
I am honoured to have my work 
recognised in such a wayand also a little astounded,
when I think about some of the narratives 
around local languages I grew up with.
Any success I’ve had is due entirely to those who set defiant 
examples to me,
who nurtured my work and inspired me to write in my mother tongue.
I am 
extremely grateful.