Poetry pamphlet award winners

Prestigious residency awaits poet featured in annual publishing competition

A residency at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece awaits a St Andrews based poet who was successfully featured in a national poetry publishing competition.

Anna Crowe's 'Figure in Landscape' featured as the winning pamphlet produced by publisher Mariscat Press in the 11th National Library of Scotland's Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.

Winning poet Anna Crowe will be Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece for two weeks in July 2011, joined by the winner of the Michael Marks Poetry Award, presented by the British Library.

The winning pamphlet was selected from a shortlist of six with Hamish Whyte of Mariscat Press accepting a cheque for £750 and the Callum Macdonald Quaich (for 12 months).

The judges commended 'Figure in a Landscape' both for the high quality of its poetry and the understated elegance of its production, praising it as a fine example of pamphlet poetry publishing at its best.

The National Library of Scotland's Callum Macdonald Memorial Award recognises the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry, where the pamphlet or its publisher has a connection with Scotland or Scottish culture.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, said: 'We are delighted to support the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for the 11th year. This year's winner highlights the dynamism and creativity of both poets and pamphlet publishers.

'I am certain that Anna Crowe will be an excellent ambassador for Scotland during her time with Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece.'

The NLS award is funded by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and other friends and supporters, in memory of Scottish literary publisher and printer Callum Macdonald, and is administered in association with his widow, Tessa Ransford OBE.

The award 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 400 of the finest contemporary Scottish pamphlets in its collections.

Runner up JoAnne McKay's self-published pamphlet 'Venti' received a cheque for £250.

Stichill Marigold Press and Hansel Cooperative Press shared the 2010 title. This year Leonard McDermid, Kelso-based poet and founder of Stichill Marigold Press, and Christine De Luca, of Orkney-based Hansel Cooperative Press formed part of the judging panel.

25 May 2011

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