It’s been a few weeks since the Saltire Society Literary Awards, and we’ve been posting loads from our shadow panels, but the one thing that we haven’t posted yet: the winners. Who did our students and young professionals pick from the shortlists and did they match the winners? Well, wonder no longer.
Links to external coverage will be updated as they’re posted!
First Book of the Year
Our winner: Helen McClory – On the Edges of Vision
This is creepy and made us feel uncomfortable, but in an enjoyable way. Despite the mass of stories they all flow together, with a Pan’s Labyrinth/Coraline vibe to much of it. Even in the shortest stories, the characters are well-formed, and unlike anything we’d read. Ambitious and engaging.
Award winner: Helen McCclory – On the Edges of Vision
Saltire Society: The experience of judging the books.
SYP Scotland: The experience of the whole process and awards.
Books From Scotland: Read what the two panels thought of the books.
Fiction Book of the Year
Our winner: Michel Faber – The Book of Strange New Things
This was a panel favourite for its accessible use of sci-fi and thrilling vision. The writing was found to be beautiful and the story gripping. The panel was impressed and moved by this title. Although one of the longest novels on the list, it was considered to be a real page turner.
Award winner: Michel Faber – The Book of Strange New Things
Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Our winner: Gavin Francis – Adventures in Human Being
Gavin Francis’ book opened up a new world of medical narrative to most of the panel. It is a fascinating read that we agreed would appeal to a wide audience. We particularly like this new way of measuring a book – rather than being at chapter 9 or 10 we found ourselves instead at the Abdomen or Pelvis.
Award winner: Gavin Francis – Adventures in Human Being
Poetry Book of the Year
Our winner: Killochries – Jim Carruth.
We agreed that each poem absolutely carries its own weight and meaning. We all believed that the author’s approach was particularly evocative – with an unhurried and deliberate pace – and strong imagery making for an accessible and moving read that we would gladly re-visit.
Award Winner: The Good Dark by Ryan Van Winkle.
We were absolutely thrilled to run the shadow panels for the Saltire Society and think it was an absolute success! The panels, without knowing, mirrored many of the questions and trains of thought that the judging panel took, and, as you can see, found similar results. Hopefully this will be the first of many years of shadow panels!