Highlands & Islands

Longlist announced for new Highland Book Prize

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Eleven books have made the longlist for the new Highland Book Prize.

More than 25 publishers submitted 54 books for the award set up to recognise the literary talent of the region and writing about the Highlands.

The shortlist is to be published in April and the winner will be announced at the Ullapool Book Festival on 11 May.

The Highland Society of London and Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre are involved in the prize.

On the longlist are:

  • Waypoints by Ian Stephen
  • The Finest Road in the World by James Miller
  • Highland Retreats by Mary Miers
  • Border by Kapka Kassabova
  • The Potter's Tale by Dion Alexander
  • Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell
  • The Angel in the Stone by RL McKinney
  • The Hebrides by Paul Murton
  • Walking with Cattle by Terry J Williams
  • The Whisky Dictionary by Iain Hector Ross
  • Among the Summer Snows by Christopher Nicholson

Moniack Mhor Centre's director Rachel Humphries said: "We are thrilled to be able to facilitate this much needed new book prize.

"The level of high quality submissions in its inaugural year has been overwhelmingly positive.

"We've worked with some exceptional readers in the first round of judging and are excited to see the shortlist in April."