Saltire Literary Awards 2003

At a ceremony held at the National Library of Scotland last week, the Saltire Society announced the winners of a new literary award. Novelist Robin Jenkins and poet Edwin Morgan jointly share the Saltire Society/Scottish Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, which was presented on 28 November by Frank McAveety MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. (Liz Lochhead accepted on behalf of Edwin Morgan.)

The society has been recognising and rewarding outstanding Scottish literary talent since 1982, and its book of the year award has gained respect from both writers and publishers. This year's winning titles are:

  • Scottish Book of the Year
    Joseph Knight by James Robertson
  • Saltire Society/Royal Mail Group First Book of the Year
    Aith-Aithne by Martainn Mac an t-Saoir
  • Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year
    The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, edited by Patrick Shuldham-Shaw, Emily B Lyle and Katherine Campbell

Established in 1998, the Research Book of the Year Award - which was presented by the National Librarian, Martyn Wade - is given for 'a significant body of research which offers new insight or dimension to a subject, and shows knowledge and understanding of Scotland and the Scots'. Commended in that category this year was The Jacobites and Russia 1715-1750 by Rebecca Wills.

5 December 2003

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