Main Category


John Glenday lives in the Scottish Highlands. His first collection, The Apple Ghost won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second,Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His third collection, Grain (Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His fourth collection, The Golden Mean, was published by Picador in September 2015. He was a judge for the 2011 National Poetry   Competition, and sits on the Board of the Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre.




Scottish Gaelic Category


Catriona Lexy Campbell is from the Isle of Lewis but spent much of her life in Plockton, Lochalsh. She has worked as a theatre artist, actor and writer for many years, primarily in her native Gaelic. She has five published novels and has two further novels pending this year. She was the first Gaelic Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011 and her first radio play for the BBC, based on her novel Samhraidhean Diomhair, was broadcast in December 2012. She was the Writer in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 2013. She is an Associate Artist with Theatre Gu Leòr and her first play, Doras Dùinte, was produced by Theatre Galore and toured in 2014. Her most recent novel for adults, Cluicheadaran, was published in 2014 . She is currently completing her trilogy for young adults, An t-Ionnsachadh Bòidheach (Acair) and working on a stage adaptation of her father, Tormod Caimbeul’s novel, Shrapnel, which will tour in March 2016.




Scots Category


Sheila Templeton was raised mostly in Aberdeenshire, with a few years in East Africa. She now lives in Glasgow and writes in both Scots and English with a particular emphasis on the Doric Scots of her childhood: “There's a juiciness in Scots which is just not available in English”. She won the McCash Scots Language poetry competition in 2007 and 2014 and the Robert McLellan poetry competition in 2007.  In 2009/10 she was the Makar for the Federation of Writers, Scotland.  Her poetry collections to date are:  Slow Road Home Makar Press, 2004; Digging For Light  New Voices Press, 2011; Tender is the North Red Squirrel Press, 2013.  Two further collections are scheduled for publication in 2016, a translation collaboration with two other poets due in May by Tapsalteerie Press and another full collection in September by Red Squirrel Press.




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