Meaghan Delahunt

The Artist & Nationality

Saltire Series No.2

On the 1st August 2013 the Saltire Society announced the second pamphlet in its reintroduced Saltire Series (first published in 1942).

‘The Artist and Nationality’ sees Saltire Award winner Meaghan Delahunt reflect on her own sense of nationality and what that may mean for the artist. It’s a powerful and moving account that embraces the personal and political. It doesn’t shy away from the key issues. As Meaghan says in the essay;

‘It is not the responsibility of the artist to present a comfortable or ‘identifiable’  picture of the nation in which they were born or in which they live and they should be free to write about whatever they see fit in whatever language they see fit.’ 

The Author

Meaghan Delahunt is a novelist and short story writer. Her work has been widely translated and her stories anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 1997 she won the Flamingo/HQ National Short Story Prize in Australia. Awards for her novels In the Blue House ( Bloomsbury, 2001), The Red Book ( Granta, 2008) and To the Island ( Granta, 2011) include a regional Commonwealth Prize, a Saltire First Book Prize and a nomination for the Orange Prize. She taught Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews from 2005-2013 and now teaches at the University of Stirling.  Born in Melbourne, Meaghan Delahunt has lived in Edinburgh since 1992. 

The Saltire Series

The Saltire Series offers provocations from individuals to spark fresh thinking, to ignite debate and challenge our orthodoxies in today’s Scotland. Acclaimed Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray, who won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year for Lanark in 1982, has designed a unique piece of art for the Saltire Series pamphlets which will be printed on the front of each piece.


Pamphlets can be purchased at £5.00 (£4.00 for members) each from our HQ

Tel. 0131 556 1836