Callum Macdonald Shortlist announced

May 15, 2009

Congratulations to our poet friends on this year’s Callum Macdonald Memorial Award (CMMA) for poetry pamphlet publishing in Scotland, in partnership with The National Library of Scotland

The short listed entries are:

Hinkum Clinkum, by Sheena Blackhall, published in Aberdeen by Malfranteaux Concepts.
Hope/Truth by Priscilla Chueng-Nainby, published in Edinburgh by Lemongrass Hut.
Postcards from the Hedge by Hugh McMillan, published in Dumfries by Roncadora Press
Ring O’Sangs by Mary Johnston, published in Bonnyrigg by Poetry Monthly.
Sky Blue Notebook from the Pyrenees by Jayne Wilding, published in Dunbar by Calder Wood Press.
Slaughtering Beetroot, by Angela McSeveney, published in Edinburgh by Mariscat Press
The Flood, by Alistair McDonald, published in Dunoon by Classical Head Press

The judges were delighted with the great variety of the 38 entries. Among the number, Tessa Ransford OBE commented ‘we received everything from the handmade to the more professionally produced, Scottish Arts Council-funded productions. There are a set of translations from German into Scots, a Chinese-inspired collection, and one of Scots rhymes for children.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh on Friday 29 May at 6pm. All of the entries will be on display at the event, where the winner stands to receive £750 in prize money and custody of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Quaich.

3 Responses to “Callum Macdonald Shortlist announced”


  1. Hoorah how exciting. What frock should I wear?


  2. [...] June 3, 2009 What do you call a gathering of pamphleteers? Actually, a gathering is a printing term (for a number of signatures – a signature being one piece of paper folded up to make many pages, often 8 pages) so perhaps that will do as it stands. There we were, gathered, on a hot Edinburgh Friday (29 May) – rare enough in itself – at the National Library of Scotland, browsing and gossiping, drinking and nibbling, generally enjoying ourselves in a slightly sticky, literary way. Wondering, of course, who would be carrying off the Quaich awarded to the poet winning the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award for 2009. [...]


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