Six of the best: New Gaelic books in line to win top literary award

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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