Pamphlet poetry winner

Fledgling publisher scoops top award

A Scottish publisher has won a major award for the very first poetry pamphlet it has published.

Stewed Rhubarb Press, which specialises in the work of performance poets and was only set up last year, has won the 2013 National Library of Scotland Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. The award recognises outstanding examples of pamphlet poetry publishing with a connection to Scotland or Scottish culture.

Publisher James Harding was presented with a cheque for £800 and the Callum Macdonald Quiach at a ceremony in the National Library of Scotland (NLS). Stewed Rhubarb Press won the award for 'The glassblower dances' by Rachel McCrum.

Rachel also wins a separate prize of a two-week residency as the Michael Marks Poet in Residence Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece in July.

The runner up was 'Nest' by Tom Pow and Hugh Bryden, published by Roncadora Press, which receives a cheque for £300.

Darryl Mead, Deputy National Librarian at NLS' said: 'The quality of the entries for this year's award shows that pamphlet poetry publishing continues to thrive in Scotland. In particular, we congratulate Stewed Rhubarb Press for winning this award at its first attempt and with its first ever publication.'

The 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.

It promotes and encourages the publishing of Scottish pamphlet poetry. All entries become part of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award archive, held in collections at NLS.


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17 May 2013

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