Literary awards for Lewis authors

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Lewis readers will find out this week whether acclaimed Ness author Duncan Gillies, on the shortlist for Scotland’s premiere Literary Award: the Saltire Society Book of the Year 2013, has been successful.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, November 14th, at the Mitchell Library.  

Gillies’ collection of short stories, published by CLAR, is competing against works from the best of Scottish authors including Ali Smith, James Robertson and Kate Atkinson.

Duncan Gillies is published as part of the acclaimed Ùr-Sgeul series of Gaelic fiction.

The winner of the competition will receive £5,000 from the Saltire Society and will feature at a further Saltire event on Saturday, November 30th, in Glasgow, hosted by broadcaster and author Lesley Riddoch.

Also this week and to be announced at the ceremony on Thursday, Malcolm MacKay from Stornoway is shortlisted for ‘First Book of the Year’ (an award for debut authors) for his book ‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’.

He competes against Tim Armstrong of Skye, who has just released the first ever hard science-fiction novel for adults in Gaelic, published by CLAR.