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Jackie Kay, wins the Scottish Book of the Year.

8 Sep

The poet and writer Jackie Kay was the worthy winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, for her memoir, Red Dust Road. During the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month, poetry and song featured large in the extract she read and during her chat with BBC Radio Four’s Jenni Murray. Also there to receive the prize for the poetry category was Stewart Conn, whose collection The Breakfast Room offers delicate reminders of  the precious fragility of life and of what seems, at first glance, to be everyday and ordinary. This theme resonated in Kay’s writing too.

We are delighted that Jackie Kay will appearing at StAnza in 2012. We’ll be announcing more names early next month.

For more about the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Award winners, visit the website: http://www.scottishbookawards.com/

Time to Vote for Poets?

18 May

StAnza 2011 Bookstall

The StAnza bookstall may have been folded away, but it’s still book season. The first stage of judging in the Scottish Mortgage Trust Book Awards have two favourite Scottish poets as category winners, Stewart Conn for the poetry prize for his collection The Breakfast Room and Jackie Kay who wins the non-fiction prize for Red Dust Road.  Both of  them have won £5,000 and now go head–to–head with the winners of the fiction and first book prizes to compete for the Scottish Book of the Year honour – and a further £25,000 of prize money.  The twist this year is that the public get to vote. Just go to Scottish Book Awards to register your vote. At the moment there could be a 50% chance a poet is going to emerge as winner, so these seem to be good starting odds.

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