Dumfries publisher Roncadora Press has won the 2009 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for pamphlet poetry publishing in Scotland. Publisher Hugh Bryden won the award for 'Postcards from the Hedge', a volume of poetry by Hugh McMillan.
Bryden was presented with £750 prize money and the Callum Macdonald Memorial Quaich in a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh last night. The awards were presented by National Librarian Martyn Wade and Lady Marks on behalf of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.
The runners up were Bonnyrigg's Mary Johnston for 'Ring O'Sangs' and Dunbar's Colin Will for 'Sky Blue Notebook' from the Pyrenees, by Jayne Wilding. Each received prize money of £250.
The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is given in recognition of publishing skill and effort in the field of poetry pamphlets. The award, now in its ninth year, was created by the Library in memory of Scottish literary publisher Callum Macdonald, and is administered in association with Tessa Ransford, former Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and Callum Macdonald's widow. All Scottish publishers of poetry in pamphlet form are eligible to apply.
The award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and has been so successful that the British Library has this year launched a UK-wide version, also with the support of the Trust.
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. As a result the Library currently holds nearly 300 of the finest contemporary Scottish poetry pamphlets in its collections. You can find out more about pamphlet poetry on the Scottish Pamphlet Poetry website.
National Library of Scotland
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Tel: 0131 623 3700
29 May 2009