Success for Acair author in the 2014 Donald Meek Award

Norma Macleod
Norma Macleod

Acair author, Norma Macleod was announced as this year’s winner of the prestigious Donald Meek Award at an event in Charlotte Square Gardens on Friday afternoon as part of the Edinburgh International book Festival.

The novel, An Dosan, is to be published as part of the new Gaelic fiction series, Aiteal.

After winning the award for Book of the Year, Norma said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to receive the Donald Meek Award for my novel ‘An Dosan’.

“Professor Meek is well recognised for his contribution to Gaelic scholarship, and to receive such an award in his name adds, for me, to the pleasure of receiving it.”

The award has previously been awarded to Martin MacIntyre in 2013 for A’Challaig Seo, Chall O and to Moray Watson in 2012 for Bardachd Iain Mac a’Ghobhainn.

Three other Acair writers, Martin MacIntyre, Alison Lang and Norman Campbell, were also named on this year’s shortlist as well as Norma.

These books will also be published as part of the Aiteal series and Martin MacIntyre’s new collection of short stories, Cala Bendita ‘s a Bheannachdan will be launched at the event as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival later this week.

Acair manager, Agnes Rennie, commented: “Acair is delighted that Norma Macleod has won this prize.

“Many will associate Norma’s name with the children’s books she has versioned into Gaelic. This new novel confirms Norma’s place as a first class writer of fiction.”

The Donald Meek Award was established by the Gaelic Book Council in 2010 with support from Creative Scotland and Bord na Gaidhlig in order to support and encourage new and already established writers in Gaelic.