Ceres writer tells of his delight after winning literary prize
A Fife writer has spoken of his delight at winning one of Scotland’s most prestigious literary prizes.
As reported earlier this week, Mick Kitson was awarded the 2018 Saltire First Book Award for his debut novel, Sal. The 56-year-old, who lives in Ceres with wife Jill, said the award meant a huge amount to him.
The book tells the story of 13-year-old Sal and her 10-yearold sister Peppa, who seek to escape an abusive relationship with their alcoholic mum’s boyfriend by running away into the Scottish wilderness.
It was picked from a shortlist of four titles after judges described it as a first novel of craft and depth of character.
Kitson studied English at Newcastle University and worked in journalism before becoming an English teacher and moving to Fife.
He said: “Winning the award is extraordinary and wonderful and I can’t quite believe it.
“It means a huge amount because I love Scottish literature and my book’s got quite a lot of reference to Scottish literature in it so it just feels incredible to be part of that.”
The Saltire Literary Awards celebrate literary and academic excellence across six categories, with winners of each category receiving a £2,000 cash prize.
Mick Kitson with his award for debut novel Sal.