There was a one-two for Kirkcaldy at the National Library of Scotland last night as the winners were announced in the 2007 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award (CMMA) for poetry pamphlet publishing in Scotland.
The winning entry came from Maureen Sangster's Menopausal Bedtime Rhymes, a collection of wry insights into that most delicate of times. Akros Publications took the runner-up prize for William Hershaw's Fifty Fife Sonnets.
Of Sangster's winning entry, the judging panel said "we admire the imaginative design, the colours, illustrations and symbolism. It deals with a potentially fraught subject in an engaging and humorous way. The poems are very well observed and accessible to a wide public: it could even be a self-help book!"
Meanwhile, their verdict on the runner up was Fifty Fife Sonnets was "informative, and humorous, with literary resonances from Jimmy Shand to the Spanish Civil War to Black Watch recruitment."
The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is given in recognition of publishing skill and effort in the field of poetry pamphlets. The award was created by the Library in memory of Scottish literary publisher Callum Macdonald, and is administered in association with Tessa Ransford, former Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and Callum Macdonald's widow. All Scottish publishers of poetry in pamphlet form are eligible to apply. The award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.
The short listed entries were:
- Fifty Fife Sonnets by William Hershaw, published in Kirkcaldy by Akros Publications
- Window on the Garden by Hamish Whyte, co-published in Edinburgh by Botanic Press and Essence Press
- Light Up Lanarkshire by Gerry Cambridge, published in Bothwell by Gerry Cambridge
- Into Glasgow by various poets, including Edwin Morgan, Tom Leonard, Donny O'Rourke and Alan Spence, published in Edinburgh by Mariscat Press.
- Boat Songs: A Gairloch Calendar by Ian Blake, published in Gairloch by Three Cats Press.
- Menopausal Bedtime Rhymes by Maureen Sangster, published in Kirkcaldy by Bourtree