Acair success at Edinburgh International Book Festival

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It’s been a successful year for Acair at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with both the launch of a new book by Andrew Dunn and the 2013 Donald Meek Prize being awarded to Martin MacIntyre for a book to be published later this year.

Còisir nan Gunna was launched at this year’s festival at an event hosted by Gaelic publishers Acair and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean.

Written by Andrew Dunn, a former Aberdeen University student from the Isle of Lewis, the book tells the story of a young man who sets off for France to fight during the Second World War.

Talking about the book, fellow island writer DS Murray said: “Andrew Dunn’s novel allows readers to step through the doorway of another, different age.

“Well researched and blessed with a gift for lively conversation, it reveals what life was like for young islanders experiencing the Second World War – all the more remarkable when it comes from one so young.”

Còisir nan Gunna is Andrew’s first novel and also marks a new era for Gaelic literature as the first book to be released in Acair’s new Gaelic fiction series, Aiteal.

And as Andrew’s book was launched, Acair author Martin MacIntyre was awarded the 2013 Donald Meek Prize for his upcoming novel A’ Challaig Seo, Chall Ò.

This is the second time an Acair author has been awarded the prize after Moray Watson’s success last year with Bárdachd Iain Mac a’ Ghobhainn.

And Andrew Dunn was also shortlisted for the prize in 2011.

Speaking after the event, Acair Manager Agnes Rennie said: “This should give great encouragement to all Gaelic writers.

“Over many years no Ur-Sgeul has provided an opportunity for many Gaelic writers to be published. No the Sgrìob and Aiteal series are building on that legacy with fiction for young and general readers.”

A’ Challaig Seo, Chall Ò will be launched later in the year as part of Sgrìob, a series of novels for children aged between 10 and 14 years old, which will be published by Acair in collaboration with Stòrlann.