Last night was a highlight of the Scottish literary calendar with Scotland’s National Book Awards, hosted by the Saltire Society. The ceremony took place at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, attended by authors, publishers, and judges. This is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity of Scottish publishing and reflect on our achievements over the last year. We were incredibly proud to have six books shortlisted for prizes, as well as being shortlisted for Publisher of the Year.
It was announced at the ceremony that our brilliant author Mara Menzies, author of Blood and Gold, was the winner of Fiction Book of the Year. Blood and Gold is a powerful, dynamic fusion of African and Scottish myth and fantasy which explores the themes of racism, immigration and colonialism, and the acceptance of self, grief and loss. Our Publicity Director Jan Rutherford responded saying, ‘We are quite simply over the moon to hear that this exceptional and important book has won the fiction prize at Scotland’s National Book Awards. In Blood and Gold: A Journey of Shadows, Mara draws on the power of story to explore our fractured contemporary world. The result is as exquisite as it is powerful.’
Watch this clip below of Mara’s acceptance speech:
We are thrilled to announce that Alexander McCall Smith has been honoured with the Saltire Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his enormous contributions to the Scottish literary world. Alexander is the bestselling author of over 150 books, including the 44 Scotland Street series, the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, among many others. In receiving this honour, Alexander joins titans of Scottish writing including: Alasdair Gray; Edwin Morgan and Robin Jenkins. You can read more here
And you can hear from Alexander accepting his prize here:
In addition to these incredible achievements, it was also announced that Birlinn was highly commended in the Publisher of the Year category. We are very proud of this commendation, and are grateful to the Saltire Society for recognition of our successes this year. Huge congratulations to all the other winners! You can find out more about all the prizes on the Saltire Society website here.