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27 June 2019

New Director for the Gaelic Books Council

6 December 2018

Alison Lang has been announced as the new Director of The Gaelic Books Council, Scotland's flagship organisation for Gaelic books and writing. She will take up the post in January 2019 and succeeds Rosemary Ward, who held the position since 2010.

As an established Gaelic writer and editor, Alison is well-known on the Gaelic literary scene. Cainnt na Caileige Caillte, her first collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society's First Book of the Year Award in 2009; she was awarded Playwrights' Studio Scotland's New Playwrights' Award in 2013; her novel Am Balach Beag a dh' Èisteadh aig Dorsan won the Adult Book of the Year award at this year's Royal National Mod.

Alison has worked as an official reporter at the Scottish Parliament, as corporate affairs officer for the Gaelic media service MG ALBA and as literary assistant (Gaelic) at the National Theatre of Scotland.

Welcoming the appointment, the Chair of The Gaelic Books Council, Catriona Murray said:

"The Board and staff are delighted that Alison will be joining us as the Director of The Gaelic Books Council as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. She joins the organisation with a sound knowledge and understanding of the work of The Gaelic Books Council, the Gaelic literary scene and with experience of the corporate sector. We look forward to welcoming her to her new role in the New Year."

Following confirmation of her appointment, Alison said:

"I am delighted to be joining The Gaelic Books Council, an organisation which has been supportive of me as a writer. I'm looking forward to the opportunity now to support other writers and publishers. It is an honour to have been appointed as Director of The Gaelic Books Council in its landmark 50th year. With the support of the staff and board I hope to build on that legacy, increasing the range and number of Gaelic books published and promoting the reading of Gaelic books across Scotland."