Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy shortlisted for Scottish literary prize
2 May 2012 12:20
POET Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is one of 20 writers shortlisted for Scotland's largest literary prize.
IBNA: Accprding to news, the Glasgow-born poet's latest collection The Bees has been nominated in the poetry section of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards 2012, run in partnership with Creative Scotland.
The awards recognise and reward the literary talent of authors from or resident in Scotland or those whose book is of particular Scottish interest.
Other nominees are Jane Harris for her novel Gillespie And I, Bella Bathurst for The Bicycle Book and Simon Stephenson for his first book Let Not The Waves Of The Sea.
Past winners are Jackie Kay for her autobiography Red Dust Road (2011), Donald Worster for his biography A Passion For Nature: The life of John Muir (2010), James Kelman for his novel Kieron Smith, Boy (2009) and Edwin Morgan for his poetry collection A Book Of Lives (2008).
One finalist from the fiction, non-fiction, first book and poetry categories will be selected in June.
Each of the four winners will receive £5000 and go on to compete for the overall Book of the Year award which will be announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.
Dr Gavin Wallace, chair of the judging panel and portfolio manager for literature, publishing and language at Creative Scotland, said: "In this Year of Creative Scotland 2012, the Book Awards - the largest literary prize in Scotland and the fourth largest in the UK - are a chance for us to celebrate and reward Scotland's literary talent.
"As a nation we are replete with literary excellence and rich diversity across all genres, as this year's shortlist amply confirms."
Here is the Book Awards 2012 shortlist:
Alan Bissett, Pack Men
Jane Harris, Gillespie And I
J M Ledgard, Submergence
Ali Smith, There But For The
Zoe Strachan, Ever Fallen In Love
Bella Bathurst, The Bicycle Book
Janice Galloway, All Made Up
Roger Hutchinson, The Silent Weaver
Kapka Kassabova, Twelve Minutes Of Love
Emma Rothschild, The Inner Life Of Empires
John Burnside, Black Cat Bone
Angus Peter Campbell, Aibisidh
Carol Ann Duffy, The Bees
Andrew Greig, As Though We Were Flying
Jo Morgan, Long Cuts
Simon Stephenson, Let Not The Waves Of The Sea
Luke Williams, The Echo Chamber
Karin Altenberg, Island Of Wings
Rachael Boast, Sidereal
Allan Wilson, Wasted In Love