Saltire literary award winners announced
James Kelman is the winner of the Book of the Year prize in the 27th annual Saltire Society Literary Awards.
Kelman's novel 'Kieron Smith, Boy' won him the £5,000 prize. Presenting the awards at the National Library of Scotland today was Culture Minister Linda Fabiani MSP. The full list of the literary awards this year is:
- Saltire Society Scottish Book of the
'Kieron Smith, Boy' by James Kelman (Publishers: Hamish Hamilton)
- Saltire Society/Royal Mail Group First Book of the
'The Good Mayor' by Andrew Nicoll (Black and White Publishing)
- Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research
Book of the Year:
'Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh' by Ian Duncan (Princeton University Press)
- History book:
'From Pictland to Alba: 789-1070' by Alex Woolf (Edinburgh University Press).
Two of Scotland's most talented women received honorary membership of the Saltire Society at the ceremony. Artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and Dr Joy Hendry, Editor of 'Chapman Magazine', were honoured for their immense contribution to Scottish art and literature.
During the event, the Culture Minister announced Homecoming Year sponsorship for the literary awards in 2009. The financial support of £25,000 will include a new 'Homecoming Award'.
28 November 2008
Preview the Burns National Collection touring exhibition
(courtesy, Scottish National
A major exhibition being previewed at the National Library brings iconic Robert Burns material together for the first time.
The National Burns Collection is spread across several organisations in central Scotland, Ayrshire and Dumfries. 'Zig Zag: the Paths of Robert Burns' gives the public a chance to see highlights from the collection in one place.
Life, work and journeys
The interactive exhibition explores the life, work, relationships and travels of this famous Scottish son. It shows how Burns consciously created his own myth, and reflects his artistic paths as a poet, as well as his physical journeys round the country. Among key exhibits are:
- Letters and manuscripts of poems such as Tam O' Shanter
- Paintings, including Alexander Nasmyth's iconic portrait of the poet
- Museum artefacts, such as Burns's drinking horn (cup)
- The first printed volume of Burns poems' — 'the Kilmarnock edition' of 'Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect'.
Next year is the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns's birth. It is also the year of Homecoming Scotland, a Scottish Government initiative. The Burns exhibition is one of the main attractions in the programme aimed encouraging people of Scottish descent to visit Scotland.
'Zig Zag' is at NLS until 1 February, before it starts a tour to three other venues. See our Burns exhibition page for more information.
7 November 2008