A poetry publisher which started out working from a shed in rural Fife has won this year's national competition that recognises excellence in poetry pamphlet publishing.
The Shed Press, run by Jenny Elliott, has won the 2016 National Library of Scotland Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Its winning pamphlet was called 'Makkin-wires' featuring poems by Jenny. Second place went to Wayleave Press, based in Lancaster, for 'Clay' by Elizabeth Burns.
The annual award was established in 2001 in memory of Callum Macdonald MBE, Scottish literary publisher and founder of Macdonald Publishers and Printers. It is funded by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and aims to encourage, recognise and reward the publication of poetry in pamphlet form.
The Shed Press has been producing highly individual and aesthetically pleasing poetry collections and other print for a number of years.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland by Lady Marks, widow of the late Michael Marks, Lord Marks of Broughton. They carry a first prize of £800 and £400 for the second.
The author of the winning pamphlet, Jenny Elliott, 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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13 May 2016