Acair Author Wins Gaelic Book Prize

Acair author Dr. Moray Watson has been awarded the coveted Donald Meek Prize at this years Edinburgh International Book Festival for his upcoming publication Bàrdachd Iain Mhic A' Ghobhainn.

The anthology of Iain Crichton Smith's poetry is the first full collection of Crichton Smith's poetry and will be published by Acair in the autumn.

Acair manager Agnes Rennie said: "Acair is proud to be publishers of this year's winner of the Donald Meek Award. Moray Watson's book was shortlisted alongside a very strong field and we congratulate all of those in the final list."

She added: "Gaelic writing is extremely buoyant at the moment and Acair is pleased to work with Comhairle nan Leabhraichean and Bòrd na Gàidhlig to find new ways of encouraging and supporting Gaelic writers."

Previous winners and short-listed authors include; well-known Gaelic writer Dr Finlay MacLeod (winner of the 2010 prize), Margaret Callan (winner of the 2011 prize) and author Anndra Dunn who was shortlisted for his first novel Còisir nan Gunna. Anndra's novel will also be published by Acair in 2013, as part of Acair's new adult fiction series Aiteal.

The Donald Meek Prize was established in 2010 with financial assistance from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig and aims to encourage and support new and established Gaelic writers.

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