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Carcanet Shortlisted for two Saltire Awards

Wednesday, 17 Nov 2021

No Text We're elated to be shortlisted for two awards at Scotland's National Book Awards! Our Apocalypse anthology, edited by James Keery and designed by Carcanet Editor Andrew Latimer, is nominated for the Book Cover of the Year, and Thomas A. Clark's Selected Poems, The Threadbare Coat, edited by Matthew Welton, is nominated for Poetry Book of the Year!

The Saltire Society announced the shortlists for the 2021 Scotland’s National Book Awards yesterday. The winners of all ten prizes, as well as the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the recipient of the second Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on Saturday 27 November.

Scotland’s National Book Awards, co-ordinated by the Saltire Society, recognise work across six literary categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Research, History, Poetry and First Book) and three publishing categories (Publisher, Emerging Publisher and Cover Design). An additional award, The Calum MacDonald Memorial Award for the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry published during the previous year is presented in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. The Awards see the winner of each book Award receive a cash prize of £2,000 and go on to be considered for the top prize of Saltire Scottish Book of the Year, receiving a further £5,000. There are also three industry awards; Publisher of the Year and Emerging Publisher of the Year which are presented in partnership with Publishing Scotland and Book Cover of the Year which celebrates the enormous talent in Scottish design and the importance of the relationship between the designer, publisher and author.

Sarah Mason, Director of the Saltire Society, said:

'We are delighted to be back celebrating Scottish books and publishing through Scotland’s National Book Awards. The last two years have been difficult for everyone, but the strength and resilience we have seen from our publishers, authors and designers is inspiring. Scotland’s National Book Awards have a long history of celebrating the richness of work happening in Scotland and the 2021 Awards are another stellar year. Congratulations to all our Shortlistees.'

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors, publishers, designers and editors! We're delighted. 

No Text This first anthology of Apocalyptic or neoromantic poetry since the 1940s includes over 200 poets, many well known (Dylan Thomas, W.S. Graham, Ted Hughes), and others quite forgotten (Ernest Frost, Paul Potts). Over forty of the poets are women, of whom Edith Sitwell and Lynette Roberts are among the most exuberant. Much of the contents has never previously been anthologised; many poems are reprinted for the first time since the 1940s. The poetry of the Second World War appears in a new context, as do early poems by Philip Larkin, Denise Levertov and Geoffrey Hill. Here, readers can enjoy an overview of the visionary modernist British and Irish poetry of the mid-century, its antecedents and its aftermath. As a period style and as a body of work, Apocalyptic poetry will come as a revelation to most readers.

Thomas A. Clark's Selected celebrates Scotland’s most distinctive contemporary writer, a vivid minimalist, ruralist, and experimentalist. His poems most often are first published by Moschatel Press, which Clark and his wife, the artist Laurie Clark, set up in 1973. Here presentation is an aspect of form, some of the poems featuring singly, and some being as short as a single line. Scale, material, typeface, folding, stitching, binding, are crucial aspects of the final work. Some poems are as short as a single line. There is not a bar code or ISBN to be seen. They may recall ballad sheets or cards of occasions – though here the occasion is always the poem itself. His poetry took early bearings from the Concrete Poets, and his work has never lost the sense of poem as object. As his editor writes, ‘Like a small artwork, a poem that can be taken in almost at a glance can be held in the mind and carried around.’ The poems are verbally memorable, but also visually so. The longer poems are built up out of such precisions, extended, connected. Ballad and folk song are never far away.

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