#ScotLitFest: Saltire Society Award Winners in the 2017 line-up.

#ScotLitFest, Scotland’s virtual book festival, is brought to you by the Saltire Society. Each year, we try to feature a contingent of authors who have received accolades through the Saltire Society Literary Awards, which have been described as “the premiere prize for writing by Scots or about Scotland”, annually awarding authors across numerous categories. Here are a few to look forward to:

1. Kathleen Jamie
Kathleen Jamie’s poetry collection The Bonniest Companie won both Poetry Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year at the Saltire Society Literary Awards in 2016. Kathleen joined us in the Saltire Society offices in conversation with Scottish Poetry Library Director Asif Khan, which will be released on Youtube as part of 2017’s festival. We can’t wait to share it with you | Event

2. Chitra Ramaswamy
Expecting is a memoir that deals with pregnancy like few, if any, books have before. Beautifully written, honest, with a few literary references thrown in for good measure, Chitra Ramaswamy gives an insight, month by month, into her life on the journey of giving birth to her first child, that won 2016’s First Book of the Year Award. She joins us to talk about the importance of women’s stories | Event

3. Jackie Kay
Jackie Kay’s book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991 and won the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award. She has since continued to write absolutely wonderful collections, her seminal novel Trumpet, Red Dust Road on the search for her birth parents, and is now Scotland’s Makar. We’re delighted that Jackie will be joining us in conversation with up-and-coming poet Nadine Aisha Jassat as part of 2017’s festival | Event

4. Helen McClory
In 2015, Helen McClory’s flash fiction collection On the Edges of Vision snapped up the Saltire Society’s First Book of the Year Award. Vivid, weird, brilliant – her short fiction manages to take you into interesting places in the space of just a few hundreds words. Helen will be hosting a flash fiction workshop on Facebook to help develop your writing skills with a finite word count | Event

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