By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Winner’s Ceremony: June 6One of the world’s regional book-award programs that regularly gathers international interest, the Highland Book Prize—Duais Leabhair na Gàidhealtachd—has announced its shortlist.
While the shortlist is referred to as being for 2022, that’s because this is one of the few awards that attaches a year to each cycle based on when the new round started (this time in 2022), rather than on when the winner will be named (later in 2023). Our piece on the program’s longlist, for example, ran in mid-December.
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, this program is a co-presentation of the Highland Society of London and Moniack Mhor. The Highland Book Prize honors fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that “recognizes the rich talent, landscape, and cultural diversity of the Highlands.”
Organizers point out that the shortlist includes work published in both English and Gaelic. And this program’s shortlist is actually that, a merciful four titles long.
The longlist of 12 titles was drawn from an initial submission pool of 81 books. You may remember that the Scottish-born author Douglas Stuart was on the longlist, following his 2020 Booker-winning Shuggie Bain with Young Mungo, released in April a year ago from Pan Mac/Picador in the United Kingdom and Grove Press in the States.
The winner of the “2022” award is to be named on June 6 in a fully online ceremony set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. BST. One author will be awarded a £2,000 prize (US$2.498) by the Highland Society of London and will receive a writing retreat at the Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre.
Each book accepted for competition ion this program must meet at least one criterion from this list:
- It promotes or concerns itself with Highland culture, heritage or landscape, or
- It has a significant amount of activity set in the Highlands, or
- The author(s) was born/brought up in the Highlands, or
- The author(s) is a permanent resident in the Highlands
The 2022 Highland Book Prize Shortlist
The longlist comprises six works of nonfiction, three works of fiction, and three of poetry.
|Ali Smith||Companion Piece||Penguin Random House / Hamish Hamilton||Fiction|
|Tony Davidson||Confessions of a Highland Art Dealer||Woodwose Books||Nonfiction|
|Duncan Gillies||Crann-Fìge / Fig Tree: Short Stories||Acair||Fiction|
|Cynthia Rogerson||WAH! Things I Never Told My Mother||Sandstone Press||Nonfiction|
This year, Alex Ogilvie retains his seat as chair. He’s joined by:
- Kapka Kassabova, poet and writer of fiction and narrative nonfiction, whose book Border (Granta) won the 2017 Highland Book Prize
- Mark Wringe, senior lecturer in Gaelic language and culture at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands
- Peter Mackay, poet, lecturer, and broadcaster, whose 2020 collection, Nàdur De (Some Kind of) was longlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prize, and who was recently named Bard of An Comunn Gàidhealach at the 2022 National Mod
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