Poetry pamphlet success for Dumfries publisher
Dumfries-based Roncadora Press has won this year's Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, which recognises excellence in poetry pamphlet publishing.
It is the second time that publisher Hugh Bryden has won the award, having triumphed previously in 2009. He was presented with the winning quaich and a cheque for £1,500 at a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland last night (11 May).
The winning entry was a pamphlet entitled 'Sheep Penned', written by poet Hugh McMillan.
The award, which is unique in Scotland, recognises a publisher, rather than a writer, with a connection with Scotland or Scottish culture. It was established in 2001 in memory of Callum Macdonald MBE, Scottish literary publisher and founder of Macdonald Publishers and Printers.
Second place was awarded to Duncan Lockerbie of Aberdeenshire-based Tapsalteerie Press for his pamphlet, 'tilt-shift', by Kate Tough. He received a cheque for £600.
The author of the winning pamphlet, Hugh McMillan, is also eligible for a separate prize of a two week residency as the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Greece in July.
Graeme Hawley, one of the judges, and General Collections Manager at the Library said: 'This award is an opportunity to acknowledge the best Scotland has to offer in contemporary poetry publishing, and celebrates the coming together of both the content and the carrier by looking not only at the words, but how the words appear on the pages, and how those pages work as an artefact. The standard gets higher every year.'
The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and administered by the National Library of Scotland.
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12 May 2017