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."