May 30, 2011
The Breakfast Room (Bloodaxe) by Stewart Conn has scooped the poetry award of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards, in partnership with Creative Scotland. Stewart’s collection was one of four long-listed titles: Eddie Gibbons – What They Say About You (Leamington Books); Kei Miller – A Light Song of Light (Carcanet) and Robin Robertson – The Wrecking Light (Picador). As one of the four category winners, Stewart receives £5000. One of these books will be crowned Scottish Book of the Year, giving the author a total prize of £30,000. The overall winner will be decided by a public vote: have your say!
Anna Crowe‘s Figure in Landscape won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award from a shortlist of six pamphlets, with publisher Hamish Whyte of Mariscat Press accepting a cheque for £750. The publisher also holds the Callum Macdonald Quaich for 12 months. Anna will be the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the prestigious Harvard Center for two weeks in July. The residency is a new prize this year for the poet of the winning pamphlet in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Runner up JoAnne McKay was awarded a cheque for £250 for her self-published pamphlet Venti.
The winners of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2011 will be announced at a reading and awards ceremony at the British Library on 13 June 2011. Tickets are now on sale from the British Library box office, here or in person from the British Library main building at St Pancras.
The seven short-listed pamphlets chosen from over 100 entries are:
Neil Addison, Apocapulco (Salt)
Simon Armitage, The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right (Smith/Doorstop Books)
Sean Burn, mo thunder (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press)
Olive Broderick, Darkhaired (Templar)
Ralph Hawkins, Happy Whale Fat Smile (Oystercatcher)
James McGonigal, Cloud Pibroch (Mariscat)
Sophie Robinson, The Lotion (Oystercatcher)
And the five short-listed publishers are:
The Crater Press
Kater Murr’s Press
The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press
Congrats to Stewart and Anna, and good luck to all involved in the Michael Marks Awards!