Callum Macdonald Memorial Award

Callum Macdonald Memorial Award

May 10, 2007

The National Library of Scotland has announced the shortlist for the 2007 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award (CMMA) for poetry pamphlet publishing in Scotland.  The short listed entries are:

  • 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

The winner and runner-up will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the National Library of Scotland's Causewayside building on Monday 14 May at 6pm, when all the entries will be on display. The top prize is £500, with the runner-up receiving £250.

Overall, the judges felt that standards among entries to the CMMA this year were again extremely high in terms of both poetry and production. Pamphlets allow for experimental ways of organising and presenting a sequence of poems, often following a particular theme or experience. This year, for instance, some look at local or family history, others relate to art in various forms, whilst many are gathered around a topic, project or locality.

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 award also aims to encourage the preservation of printed material of this kind and all entries submitted are taken into the collections of the National Library of Scotland. As a result the Library currently holds nearly 250 of the finest contemporary Scottish poetry pamphlets in its collections.