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The Gaelic Literature Awards 2022: Shortlists

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The shortlists for the Gaelic Literature Awards 2022 have been announced. Prizes are to be awarded in four categories for books published between 1 May 2021 and 30 April 2022.

Best Book for Children/Young People
Blàr Mòr na Fighe – Marie C. Macaulay, illustrated by Robin Bans (Acair)
Caiptean Cora – Lana Beaton, illustrated by Alice Watson (Theatre Gu Leòr)
Dubh às – Sylvia Hehir, translated by Johan Smith (Garmoran Publishing)
Mòr-thubaist aig na Geamannan Gàidhealach – Riel Nason, translated by Morag Ann MacNeil, illustrated by Nathasha Pilotte (Bradan Press)

The Derick Thomson Prize for Best Poetry Book (sponsored by The Scottish Poetry Library)
An Seachdamh Tonn / The Seventh Wave – Sandaidh NicDhòmhnaill Jones (Acair)
Dùileach / Elemental – Marcas Mac an Tuairneir (Evertype)
Eadar Ceòl is Coròna: Bàrdachd is òrain – Dòmhnall Eachann Meek (CLÀR)
Fear de Mhuinntir Sholais / A Sollas Man – Fred Macaulay (Acair)

The Highland Society of London Prize for Best Fiction Book
Às a’ Chamhanaich – Aonghas MacLeòid (Bradan Press)
Constabal Murdo 2: Murdo ann am Marseille – Angus Peter Campbell (Luath Press)
Dòrlach Sìl: Sgeulachdan Sean agus Ùr – Myles Campbell (Luath Press)
Linne Dhomhain – Alistair Paul (Luath Press)

The Donald Meek Award for Best Non-fiction Book
Ainmean Tuineachaidh Leòdhais / The Settlement Names of Lewis – Richard A.V. Cox (Clann Tuirc)
Maim-slè – Alasdair C. Whyte (Theatre Gu Leòr)
Rotal: Iasgairean Leòdhais ’s Na Hearadh – Maggie Smith (Heather Isle Publishing)

There are also two prizes for the best unpublished manuscripts.

Best Unpublished Manuscript for Children/Young People (in association with Acair)
An Cat Coigreach – June C. Ghreumach
Càirdeas Àraidh– Alasdair MacEòsaiph
Sguir a Chomhartaich – June C. Ghreumach
Taigh a’ Phuimcein: Dàn do dh’Oidhche Shamhna – Alistair Paul

Best Unpublished Manuscript for Adults
Am Measg Luaithrean Beò – Robbie MacLeòid
Ceum – Iain D. Urchardan
Daol am Shùil – Calum MacFhionghain
Iomall: Cruinneachadh de Sgeulachdan Ficsean Saidheansail – Alistair Paul

The winners will be announced on Thursday 15 September 2022. We invite you to join us at Cottiers Theatre to celebrate their success. Click here to book your ticket.

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Oighreachd – a poem by Rody Gorman

coille. Oighreachd le Rody Gorman


A’ siubhal am badeigin
Air cùl an t-seanchais is am Parbh
Thall ud gu tuath
’S an oighreachd aig Dùthaich MhicAoidh
Bhuam shuas gu deas
Far an robh bradan san linne
’S am fiadh mun fhireach
Is an iolaire-dhubh san aonach
Is an sneachda bho shean air a’ mhullach
Is de chaoraich-fhuadain,
Mo chreach, is de fhraoch
Air fad is air feadh na tìre
‘S an uair a’ mùthadh is a’ fàs coimheach
Garbh is balbh mu seach
Agus glasadh an t-sluaigh
Mean air mhean a’ caochladh
Is a’ falbh is a’ tighinn gu crìch
Mu dheireadh thall ’s a-bhos,
Coimhid, na craobhan-durcain ud,
Seadh, nach buin dhan dùthchas
A’ crìonadh is a’ sgapadh le gaoith
Gach taobh gan leagail a-nuas
Is a’ togail ceann, coimhid,
Nan àite na coilltean a bh’ ann
’S a leagadh ri làr nan linn
Gan cur às ùr air feadh a’ mhonaidh.

Deathseektravelling in some tuftbushplace in the back of beyond and Cape Wrath over there to the farmcountrypeoplenorth and the heritageestate of Reay Forest over there up in the neatnearsouth where there was salmon in the soundpools and deer on the barren high ground and the golden eagle in the firgreenheathhights and the old snow on the summit and all the falsestray sheep and furyrippleheather all over the land and the hourtimeweather decaychanging and wastebecoming alienterribly rough and dumbcalm turns about  and greygreen lockdown little by little diechanging and going and coming to a last borderend at long last here and there, keeplook, aye, those non-native coneconifers oppressionblastwithering and scattered by the wind every whichway being felled and headendemerging, keeplook, in their place the woods that were felled to the centreground in their generationtime being replanted all over the levelheathermoors.


This poem was inspired by news of a forestry renewal project in Sutherland. The Gaelic Books Council supports Trees for Life. Find out how you can contribute by planting a tree in our grove, Coille nan Leabhraichean.

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Letter to Glasgow

Letter to Glasgow

Letter to Glasgow

There are hidden stories all over Glasgow – on the thresholds of old churches, in the corner of a park where a name is inscribed on a bench, under the dust in the shed at the bottom of the garden or among the old photographs in that box under the bed. In Scotland’s Year of Stories, we are inviting you to write a Letter to Glasgow about your own hidden story and you could win £500 (adults) or £50 and concert tickets (for winners in the children’s and young people’s categories).

The deadline is 9 September 2022. Cuir do litir mar fhaidhle an cois post-d gu [email protected] le “Letter to Glasgow” mar thiotal.

Please read the following rules carefully before submitting your entry.

  1. The competition is being organised by Glasgow Life and the Gaelic Books Council.
  2. There are three competition categories: a) for children of primary school age; b) for young people of secondary school age; and c) for adults.
  3. Only one entry is allowed per person.
  4. All entries should be in Scottish Gaelic. The judges will be looking for the best ideas, and entrants will not be penalised for errors in spelling or grammar. The winning entries may be edited before publication.
  5. The maximum word limits are as follows: 500 words for adults, and 250 words for primary and secondary age entrants.
  6. Entries should be submitted as an email attachment in Word format. The covering email should include the writer’s name, address and telephone number, and the category they are entering (Primary, Secondary or Adult), but the file attachment containing the letter itself should not include the writer’s name or any other identifying information, as entries will be judged anonymously.
  7. Entries should be sent to [email protected] by 9 September 2022. Entries received after that date will not be considered.
  8. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges selected by both organisations.
  9. Winners will be notified by email on 23 September 2022, and the names of the winners will be announced on the Glasgow Life and Gaelic Books Council websites on 23 September.
  10. The winners will agree to their work being published on the websites of the Gaelic Books Council and Glasgow Life, and in associated media releases, and to their work being performed at an event on 19 October 2022 at the Royal National Mòd in Perth. The copyright remains with the author.
  11. The winner of the adult competition will receive a prize of £500 and their work will be published in STEALL magazine.
  12. The winners of the children’s and young people’s competitions will receive a voucher for two tickets to a family friendly Celtic Connections concert in 2023 and book vouchers to the value of £50.