Ceres writer tells of his de­light af­ter win­ning lit­er­ary prize

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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