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Who will win the Scottish Book of the Year Awards? It’s time to vote…

4 Aug

The Scottish Book of the Year Awards cause a stir in the literary world every year. Although a panel of judges award prizes for the best books  in four categories (Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry and First Book), it’s up to the public to vote for the overall winner.  Last year the wonderful Jackie Kay won for her memoir Red Dust Road.  Who will carry off the award this year?

The 2012 finalists – who are, of course, winners already in their categories – are all outstanding:  Ali Smith, for her novel There but for the, Janice Galloway for her non fiction book All Made Up, Simon Stephenson for his first book  Let Not the Waves of the Sea.

The Poetry winner and finalist is Angus Peter Campbell for Aibisidh, a collection in Gaelic and English, described ‘a powerful and sharp-eyed examination of the fragmentation of language and identity in our modern global age’. Campbell is from South Uist. One of the foremost Gaelic poets, he has chronicled his community in times of change, ‘the fragmentary nature of lives, memories and connections to the Gaelic language.’ (Scottish Review of Books).His latest collection combines this sensitivity to a wide-ranging interest in politics and social change.  StAnza goers, of course, may recall his appearance at the festival in 2009. Will a poet be the overall winner?

There is still time to cast your vote here. The award is sponsored by the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and is run in partnerhsip with Creative Scotland.

The results will be announced at an award ceremony during the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 17 August.

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Talking nonsense

2 May

One of our most successful Past & Present events some years ago was when Annie Freud, talking about T.S. Eliot, was paired with Janice Galloway, talking about Lear. Those who enjoyed that, or missed it, might be interested in an essay series on BBC Radio 3  this week. Sara Lodge from theUniversity of St Andrews (who took part in another very successful StAnza event on Robert Louis Stevenson) has been involved in creating a week long series to celebrate Lear’s bicentenary. It is being broadcast this week, with a different essay each week-day evening  (Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May) at 10.45 pm. There is also the ‘listen again’ facility on iPlayer, available via the Web. Sara’s own essay was broadcast on Monday 30th – it is about Lear, Romanticism, the sublime, and loss. The other contributors are Matthew Bevis on Tuesday, talking about Lear and the ‘story’ of nonsense in the Victorian period; Robert Crawford on Wednesday, talking about Lear’s acoustic and his literary legacy in the work of T. S. Eliot and others; the art historian Caroline Arscott on Thursday talking about Lear’s landscapes and his pictures of tortoises; and the cartoonist Ralph Steadman on Friday, talking about what he and Lear have in common.

A warm literary welcome at the Westport

4 Oct

Edinburgh’s best kept secret is the Westport Book Festival, held
among the bookshops, pubs and trendy art spaces in the city’s answer to Soho.
Starting next Thursday, 13 October and running till Sunday 16th, the festival in its new
autumn guise offers a varied and witty programme: new and established talents
(the sort of people, such as Janice Galloway, who sell out at the summer
festivals can be seen here in smaller, more intimate venues), open mics,  plus a spot of book binding  and tea dancing.  There’s plenty of poetry to enjoy, including a smattering of folk familiar to StAnza: book a place at Jo Bell’s workshop , catch readings by Rachael Boast,  William Letford, Tracey S Rosenberg and Emily Dodd, or listen to Bruce Durie chat about what is thought to the first poem in Scots. Check the full programme  and take advantage of the generous  ticketing system: 40 per cent of tickets are available in advance, the rest on the day. All tickets are free! The festival website is a mine of information: www.westportbookfestival.org

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