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27 September 2020

Gaelic Literature Awards 2020 shortlists

28 August 2020

The Gaelic Books Council (Comhairle nan Leabhraichean) has announced the shortlists for the Gaelic Literature Awards 2020. Prizes are to be awarded in six categories, for titles published between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020, and for unpublished manuscripts.

Best Fiction Book (Highland Society of London Prize)

  • Air an Oir, John D. Urquhart (Acair)
  • An Tiortach Beag agus Sgeulachdan Eile, Morag Ann MacNeil (Acair)
  • Cuibhle an Fhortain, Morag Law (Luath Press)
  • Dà Shamhradh ann an Raineach, Graham Cooper (Luath Press)

Best Poetry Book (Derick Thomson Prize)

  • Ceum air Cheum / Step by Step, Christopher Whyte (Acair)
  • Cluaintean Uaine, George L. Murray and Donald Gillies (Acair)
  • Dàin nan Dùil, Deborah Moffatt (CLÀR)
  • Nàdar De / Some Kind Of, Peter Mackay (Acair)

Best Non-fiction Book (Donald Meek Prize)

  • Às na Freumhan, Timothy Currie Armstrong (Clò Ostaig)
  • Eadar Dà Shaoghal / Between Two Worlds, Donald MacLeod (Acair)
  • Seòl mo Bheatha, Donald E. Meek (CLÀR)
  • The Highest Apple / An Ubhal As Àirde, ed. Wilson McLeod & Michael Newton (Francis Boutle)

Best Book for Children/Young People

  • Calum agus àirne Mhoire, Flora MacDonald (Flora MacDonald)
  • Mo Ghranaidh agus an Losgann Mòr, Marie C. Macaulay, (Acair)
  • Tintin: Ciste Chastafiore, Hergé, trans. Raghnaid Sandilands (Dalen Ltd)
  • Tintin: Slat-rìoghail Rìgh Ottokar, Hergé, trans. Raghnaid Sandilands (Dalen Ltd)

Best Unpublished Manuscript for Children/Young People

  • Ailig agus an Dalek Gàidhlig, Shelagh Campbell
  • Cèic airson Màiri, William Murray
  • Donaidh Dathach, Gwen Bowie
  • 'S toigh leam slug salach, Ceitidh Hutton

Best Unpublished Manuscript for Adults

  • Àm nan Aisling Àraid, Robbie A. MacLeod
  • Anns a' Chiaradh, Rody Gorman
  • cruthan, Nathaniel Harrington
  • Linne Dhomhainn, Alistair Paul

The prizes will be awarded on Thursday 17 September 2020 in an online event to be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The Gaelic Books Council is grateful to the Highland Society of London for sponsoring the prize for the best fiction book. We thank the family of Derick Thomson for their permission to name the prize for best poetry book after their late father. We also thank Professor Donald Meek for lending his name to the prize for the best non-fiction book, and for his continued support for the Gaelic Books Council over the years.