Saltire Society Literary Awards: The Shortlists

Posted on October 17, 2017 in News & Reviews, Scotland

Yesterday evening the shortlists for the Saltire Society Literary Awards were announced at a lovely event at Waterstones Princes Street. These awards are given annually for excellence across the following seven categories:

  • First Book of the Year
  • Non-Fiction Book of the Year
  • Research Book of the Year
  • Fiction Book of the Year
  • Poetry Book of the Year
  • Publisher of the Year
  • Emerging Publisher of the Year

It’s always wonderful to see the Scottish contingent of the book trade celebrated, and it was particularly nice to see so many companies with links to the SYP cropping up in the shortlists. The evening ended with poems from each of the shortlisted poetry titles, read by last year’s winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, Kathleen Jamie.

The winners of each category will be announced during a ceremony on St Andrews Day, along with the Scottish Book of the Year, which is selected from the winning books. The full shortlists are as follows:

Emerging Publisher of the Year Award

  • Laura Jones, Co-founder of 404 Ink
  • Kirstin Lamb, PR and Rights Manager, Barrington Stoke
  • Heather McDaid, Co-founder of 404 Ink
  • Laura Waddell, Publishing Manager for Children’s Reference, HarperCollins

Saltire Publisher of the Year Award

  • 404 Ink
  • BHP Comics
  • Birlinn
  • Canongate
  • Handspring
  • Vagabond Voices

Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year Award (sponsored by Creative Scotland)

  • Ashland and Vine by John Burnside (Jonathan Cape)
  • Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell (Luath)
  • Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape)
  • Dalila by Jason Donald (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Long Drop by Denise Mina (Harvill Secker)
  • That was a Shiver and Other Stories by James Kelman (Canongate)

Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award

  • Al Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Ferguson (Transworld Publishers
  • Scotland: Mapping the Islands edited by Christopher Fleet, Charles W.J. Withers, and Margaret Wilkes (Berlin)
  • Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting (Granta Books)
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (Granta Books)
  • Waypoints: Seascapes and Stories of Scotland’s West Coast by ian Stephen, (Bloomsbury)
  • The Passion of Harry Bingo: Further Dispatches from Unreported Scotland by Peter Ross (Sandstone Press)

Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year Award (sponsored by the National Library of Scotland)

  • The Campbells of the Ark: Men of Argyll in 1745 (Vol I and II) by Ronald Black (John Donald,Birlinn Ltd)
  • Muslims in Scotland: The Making of Community in a Post-9/11 World by Stefano Bonino (Edinburgh University Press)
  • History as Theatrical Metaphor by Ian Brown (Palsgrave Macmillan)
  • The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse Edited by Peter Mackay & Iain McPherson (Luath)
  • Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People by Christopher Whatley (John Donald, Birlinn Ltd)

Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award

  • Still Life With Feeding Snake by John Burnside (Jonathan Cape)
  • Farm by the Shore by Thomas A. Clark (Carcanet Press)
  • Bird-Woman by Em Strang (Shearman)
  • Twist by Pippa Little (Arc)
  • In Search of Dustie-Fute by David Kinloch (Carcanet Press)
  • Moon for Sale by Richard Price (Carcanet Press)

Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award

  • Goblin by Ever Dundas (Freight Books)
  • The Case Room by Kate Hunter (Fledgling Press)
  • Beneath the Skin by Sandra Ireland (Polygon)
  • Language of my Choosing: A Creative Scots-Italian Memoir by Anne Pia (Luath)
  • Mary’s the Name by Ross Sayer (Cranachan Publishing)
  • Fallow by Daniel Shand (Sandstone Press)

Thanks to the Saltire Society and Waterstones for hosting the event, and to all the speakers for announcing the shortlists. We look forward to the announcement of the winners on St Andrews Day!