Gaelic poetry collection up for Scottish Book of the Year award

THE SHORTLIST for the 2012 Saltire Literary Awards has been announced – and a Gaelic title is amongst those in the running for the title of Scottish Book of the Year.

Skye writer Aonghas MacNeacail’s collection of poetry – Deanamh Gaire ris a’Chloc – joins Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘The Bees’; ‘Sighlines’ by Kathleen Jamie; James Kelman’s ‘Mo Said She was Quirky’; ‘Tales From the Mall’ by Ewan Morrison; Alan Warner’s ‘The Dead Man’s Pedal’, and ‘Skagboys’ by Irvine Welsh up for the prestigious prize.

Ian Campbell, Convener of the Book of the Year and First Book Panel, said: “This year’s short listing has been exceptionally difficult for the judges, reflecting the strength of Scottish Literature being produced.”

Awarded annually since 1982, The Book of the Year Award is given to either a book by a living author of Scottish descent or residing in Scotland, or the book subject must be the work or life of a Scot or engaged with Scottish issues.

Aonghas MacNeacail’s nominated work ‘Deanamh Gaire ris a’Chloc (Laughing at the Clock) sees the author cast his eye on love, aging, memory, language, politics and landscape in the masterful bilingual collection which demonstrates the writer’s usual tight mastery of form and beautifully controlled rhythm.

Published to mark MacNeacail’s 70th birthday, the collection displays a celebration of the best of contemporary Scottish poetry and as such has entered the Saltire Society Book of the Year short-list.

Also announced are shortlists for the Scottish First Book of the Year; the Scottish Research Book of the Year’, and the Scottish History Book of the Year.

To see a full list of nominations, visit