Six of the best: New Gaelic books in line to win top literary award
SIX new Gaelic books have been shortlisted for a top award.
The Gaelic Book of the Year will win the Donald Meek Award and financial support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig will enable the Gaelic Books Council to award additional literary prizes.
The prizewinners will be announced at a special reception in Edinburgh, on 27 August during the city’s International Book Festival.
Rosemary Ward, director of the Gaelic Books Council said: ‘We are delighted that the Donald Meek Award for Gaelic literature continues to grow and attract a high calibre of entries year on year.
‘We are extremely grateful to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for providing the necessary support to extend the range of literary prizes that recognises excellence in new Gaelic writing.
‘We are particularly pleased to see new Gaelic writers taking an interest in the competition and we wish everyone on the shortlist the very best of luck.
‘Prior to the announcement of the winners this year, the Gaelic Books Council will mark the literary contribution of Norman Campbell (Tormod a’ Bhocsair).
‘Norman passed away in May and we will take this opportunity to acknowledge an exceptional writer who inspired Gaelic writers and delighted readers, young and old, for many years. ‘
The following six books have been shortlisted for the Donald Meek Gaelic Literature Award 2015: Ro Fhada san t-Suidheachadh Seo by Alasdair Campbell, An Raga by Stephanie Campbell, Air Chruard by Rody Gorman, Cho Snog ’s a tha thu by Alison Lang, An Creanaiche by Roddy Maclean and A’ Toirt Mo Chasan Leam by Maureen MacLeod.