Winners of Callum Macdonald Memorial Award

National Library of Scotland announces winner of sought-after poetry award

The National Library of Scotland has announced the winner of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. The award is one of the most sought-after prizes in poetry pamphlet publishing in Scotland.

The top prize of £500 and the presentation of the Callum Macdonald Quaich, went to Gill McConnell with 'Garden Party'.

Two runner-up prizes of £250 were also presented. These went to Jim Carruth with 'Bovine Pastoral', published by Ludovic Press, and to Hamish Whyte with 'Passage/An Pasaiste by James McGonigal', published by Mariscat Press.

Judge Tessa Ransford said, 'I am delighted that the Award attracted a record number of entries. All of the 51 entries were of a very high standard and came from across Scotland, all with varied and interesting sources of origin. The research carried out by the poets was remarkable, many using personal history as a basis for their work.'

She continued, 'The winning entry, 'Garden Party' by Gill McConnell, had lively and engaging poems, which were well laid out to make good use of the page. They were further enhanced by very nice graphics and details from Gill's own paintings were used as illustrations.'

The winner and runners up were announced at a ceremony held at the Library on the evening of Thursday 19 May.

The award was created in 2001 to recognise publishing skill and effort and to validate the practice of poetry publication in pamphlet form. The award also aims to encourage the preservation of printed material of this kind and all entries submitted are taken into the collections of the National Library of Scotland.

The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award has once again been made possible by the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

23 May 2005

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