Double success for Scottish publishing house
One of the longest running small publishing houses in Scotland — Mariscat Press — has swept the boards at this year's national competition that recognises excellence in poetry pamphlet publishing.
Mariscat Press, which has been run since 1982 by Hamish Whyte, won both first and second place in the 2015 National Library of Scotland Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. There were 31 entries.
The winning pamphlet is 'Prodigal' by Jim Carruth, the current Glasgow Makar, and the runner-up is 'A witch among the gooseberries' by Ian McDonough. Both are published by Mariscat Press.
The annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award was established in 2001 in memory of Callum Macdonald MBE, Scottish literary publisher and founder of Macdonald Publishers and Printers. Its aim is to encourage, recognise and reward the publication of poetry in pamphlet form.
Lesley Duncan, Poetry Editor of 'The Herald' who chaired the judging panel, said: 'The judges look for poetry of quality displayed to best advantage through effective design and aesthetically pleasing typography. The prize-winning pamphlets for 2015 triumph on all these counts.'
Mariscat Press has built up a reputation as a high quality publisher and has worked with leading writers including Douglas Dunn, Edwin Morgan, Janice Galloway, A L Kennedy, Brian McCabe, Stewart Conn, Diana Hendry and Gael Turnbull. It previously won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2011. The award carries a first prize of £800 and £400 for the second.
The author of the winning pamphlet, Jim Carruth, is also eligible for a separate prize of a two week residency as the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece in July.
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15 May 2015