Gaelic writing for children award launched

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A new writing award, Duais Sgrìobhaidh do Chlann ann an Gàidhlig, has been launched in the Western Isles.

The award, created in partnership by Acair Books, An Lanntair and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Libraries), is aimed at inspiring original Gaelic writing for children and hopes to encourage new authors who may not have thought of writing before.

The award is open to all aspiring writers for children in Scottish Gaelic, wherever they may be, not just those resident in Scotland.

The winner of the 2017 award will be chosen by a panel of independent adjudicators and will be awarded a prize of £500, as well as the option for the work to be published by Acair Books. In 2017, the judges are looking for a story for 5 to 8 year-olds, between 1000 and 2000 words.

The closing date for all submissions is 31 January 2017 and the winners will be announced in March 2017 at an award ceremony at an Lanntair.

Agnes Rennie, Manager of Acair Books said: “This is a great opportunity for Gaelic writers who have not previously been published, but maybe just need a wee nudge towards sharing their stories.

“Writing for children is quite an art and should not be underestimated in terms of the challenges it presents, but for some writers it comes very naturally.”

Moira MacDonald, Head of Education and Outreach at An Lanntair, said: “There’s no denying how vital it is for children to have original books written in their own language. An Lanntair and Faclan book festival are delighted that this award represents a fantastic opportunity for an emerging writer.”

Kathleen Milne, Library Service Manager with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “It is a pleasure for us to be working with Acair Books and An Lanntair on this award.

“We hope it will encourage more original writing in Gaelic for children, and inspire.”

For more information about Duais Sgrìobhaidh do Chlann ann an Gàidhlig, visit: website or contact Western Isles Libraries at