Dundee International Book Prize shortlist announced

Neil Gaiman Bestselling author Neil Gaiman is among the judges of this year's Dundee International Book Prize

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Novice writers from across the world have made the shortlist for the Dundee International Book Prize.

Author Neil Gaiman and broadcaster Kirsty Lang are among the judges for the prize, which includes a book deal and £10,000, the largest cash award for unpublished work in the UK.

Works from debut novelists in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States made the shortlist of 10, from more than 400 original entries.

The winner will be named in October.

Extracts of the top 10 will shortly be published in print and e-book formats to allow book lovers to pick their own favourites for the prize, a collaboration between the University of Dundee, Cargo Publishing and Dundee City Council's "One City Many Discoveries" campaign.

Literary Dundee director Anna Day said she was "truly staggered" by the quality of entries from across the globe.

"Each year, I'm amazed by the creativity and effort people put into their writing and we've loved reading them and bringing together a shortlist of ten books," she said.

'Strong entries'

The winning book will be published by Cargo and joint managing director Gill Tasker said she was "delighted" with the "strong entries from all over the world".

"Our congratulations go to all the finalists and we're very excited at the prospect of publishing the winner later this year," she said.

The 10 entries on the shortlist are: "A Village Drowned" by Sheena Lambert of Dublin; "Some Things the English by Rachel Fenton of Auckland, New Zealand; "Ida" by Amy Mason of Bristol; "Daughters of the House of Love" by Veronica Birch of the West Country; "Under the Tamarind Tree" by Rosaliene Bacchus of California; "The Open Arms of the Sea" by Jasper Dorgan of Wiltshire; "The Dreaming" by Suzy Norman of London; "Out Like a Lion" by Robin Martin of New York; "Cats in a Pipe" by Lora Hughes of Yorkshire; and "Sea Never Dry" by Ben East of Virginia, USA.

Last year's winner was "In the Rosary Garden", a crime thriller by Irish writer Nicola White, which impressed a judging panel including Dundonian Hollywood star Brian Cox and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

The 2014 shortlist will now be whittled down to three finalists before the eventual winner is announced at a gala dinner during the annual Dundee Literary Festival in October.

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  1. No 19,036
  2. Yes 16,350
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  1.  
    01:50: South Ayrshire turnout Alasdair Lamont, BBC Scotland News

    South Ayrshire turnout is 86.1%, with 81,716 votes cast.

     
  2.  
    01:49: South Lanarkshire count Catriona Renton BBC Scotland

    TV turned off in foyer after noisy reaction to Clackmannanshire declaration.

     
  3.  
    01:47: Stirling turnout

    Stirling turnout is 90.1%.

     
  4.  
    01:47: Angus turnout David Currie Reporting Scotland presenter

    Angus turnout is 85.7% and the total number of votes cast is 80,300.

     
  5.  
    01:46: East Renfrewshire turnout Jane Lewis, BBC Scotland News

    The turnout at East Renfrewshire is 90.4% - total votes to be counted are 66,021.

     
  6.  
    01:46: Record turnout 'probable' John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Angus has reported a turnout of 86% in what, of course, is one of the SNP's strongest areas.

    On the basis of the results in so far, there is now a very high probability that the turnout will be higher than the record highest turnout in Scotland of 81% in the 1951 election.

     
  7.  
    01:44: West Lothian prediction Alison Macdonald BBC Scotland

    The SNP council group leader in West Lothian is predicting a "Yes" loss to "No". Peter Johnson says they think "No" will get 53% and "Yes" 47%.

     
  8.  
    01:43: Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    So it's a special congratulations to the 7 people in Clackmannanshire who voted both 'yes' and 'no'.

     
  9.  
    01:42: South Ayrshire turnout

    81,716 votes have been cast in South Ayrshire, representing 86.1% of the electorate.

     
  10.  
    01:41: Dundee count back on Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Counting staff now re-entering building after the count suspended due to a fire alarm. Building evacuated for 10 minutes.

     
  11.  
    01:40: Clackmannanshire win Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Better Together celebrates winning Clackmannanshire.

    BT celebrates
     
  12.  
    01:40: Midlothian turnout Carol Purcell, BBC Scotland News

    Midlothian turnout is 86.8%, with 60,396 ballot papers.

     
  13.  
    01:39: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Gordon Wilson, the former SNP leader, says it is beginning to look as if No might win the day. Not, he stresses, that he is conceding. Based upon the opening result from Clackmannanshire which, he said, was a disappointing outcome. The result there, of course, 54% to No, 46% for Yes.

     
  14.  
    01:38: More turnout news

    Midlothian has reported yet another very large turnout, with more than 87% of the electorate having cast a ballot.

    The Angus turnout is 85.7% and East Ayrshire is 84.5%.

     
  15.  
    01:36: Ballots found Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    All ten ballot papers at centre of police electoral fraud investigation in Glasgow have been found and will be passed to Police Scotland

     
  16.  
    01:34: Caution from Curtice John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Clackmannanshire is a relatively small part of Scotland and we should not place too much weight on the result.

     
  17.  
    01:34: Wee county news

    Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell said he felt earlier in the week that Clackmannanshire would be good news for Better Together.

     
  18.  
    01:33: Curran 'pleased'

    Labour MP and shadow Scotland secretary Margaret Curran says she is pleased with the "No" vote in Clackmannanshire.

    It is "perhaps indicative" of a better night than she expected, she adds cautiously.

     
  19.  
    01:33: Clackmannanshire result Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    I would say this a disappointment for the "Yes" side. Not that they would have expected to sweep to victory but they would have expected to do better than that.

     
  20.  
    01:31: 54-46 for 'No'

    The Clackmannanshire result means "No" wins by 54% to 46%.

     
  21.  
    01:31: Dundee evacuation update Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Dundee counting staff outside count. Building evacuated due to fire alarm.

    Dundee evacuation
     
  22.  
    01:30: CLACKMANNANSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 19,036 to 16,350. The total number of ballots was 35,410, a turnout of 88.6%.

     
  23.  
    01:29: 'Influence will vanish' Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Gordon Wilson, the former leader of the SNP, says that in the event of a "No" vote Scotland's influence will vanish into the sand.

    Mr Wilson voiced substantial scepticism as to whether the response of the UK establishment in such an eventuality would be radical.

    If it is indeed a "No" vote, the focus - or one focus - would be upon that offer of more powers. I stress, if...

     
  24.  
    01:28: Dundee turnout

    Dundee turnout is 79%, with 93,558 votes cast.

     
  25.  
    01:27: Dumfries & Galloway count Willie Johnston BBC Scotland

    Better Together confident of "No" vote in Dumfries and Galloway. Some activists saying it could be two to one in their favour.

     
  26.  
    01:27: Dundee evacuation

    The Dundee count is being evacuated because of a fire alarm.

     
  27.  
    01:27: 'Positive vibes' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The chairman of the official campaign for independence, Dennis Canavan, seems in good spirits at the Ingliston national count centre, saying he's "hopeful" of a good "Yes" result.

    The former Labour MP, who's been trying to convince disenfranchised Labour members to back independence, was in his old Falkirk stomping ground today, where he says he picked up "very positive vibes".

     
  28.  
    01:26: Northern Isles John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The turn out in Shetland is, like Orkney, somewhat lower than elsewhere and standing at 84%. Shetland is also an area where the "No" side is expected to do relatively well.

     
  29.  
    01:25: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    I have to tell you among the "Yes" campaign there are some fairly glum faces awaiting the result that we expect about 03:00.

     
  30.  
    01:24: Dundee turnout disappointment

    Yes campaigner and former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars admits he is disappointed by the relatively low turnout figure in Dundee, which is predicted to be a Yes stronghold. He says it causes a "degree of worry" for the Yes campaign.

     
  31.  
    01:23: High flyers

    Argyll and Bute Council ballot papers were taken by helicopter to to be counted in Lochgilphead.

    ballot papers going into helicopter
     
  32.  
    01:23: Clackmannanshire count Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Clackmannanshire result due in five minutes. Magic number for the winning side will be 17,705.

    Better Together campaigners in Alloa looking relaxed.

     
  33.  
    01:22:

    Alan Roden of the Scottish Daily Mail tweets: #indyref intelligence: No slightly behind in W. Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde, neck-and-neck in N. Lanarkshire, well ahead in S. Lanarkshire

     
  34.  
    01:21: Orkney vote

    Dave Grey in Orkney is now saying the result will be declared before 02:00.

    He said: "The Better Together campaigners are looking happier. The seat has been Liberal or Liberal Democrat for as long as I have been alive so for the Yes campaign to take Orkney would be a bit of a coup."

     
  35.  
    01:20: Perth & Kinross count Suzanne Allan BBC Scotland

    Perth and Kinross Council have had 600 commemorative pin badges made to hand out to staff in thanks for working on the referendum.

    Badges
     
  36.  
    01:20: West Lothian turnout Alison MacDonald, BBC Scotland News

    Official turnout for West Lothian is 86.2%.

     
  37.  
    01:19: First to declare

    Clackmannanshire and Orkney are both expected to declare within the next 15 minutes. Who will be first?

     
  38.  
    01:18: Glasgow hotel Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    I'm with the Better Together campaign at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow - they are looking increasingly confident.

     
  39.  
    01:16: More turnout figures Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Some more turnout figures for you: Renfrewshire saw 117,612 votes with an 87.3% turnout. Inverclyde: 54,601 votes with an 87.4% turnout, West Dunbartonshire: 62,532 votes, with turnout at 87.9% and Dundee: 93,592 votes with turnout at 78.8%.

     
  40.  
    01:12: West Dunbartonshire turnout

    Update. West Dunbatonshire total votes 62,532 - turnout 87.9%.

     
  41.  
    01:12: Falkirk turnout

    Falkirk turnout is to be announced "very shortly, as we speak" says counting officer Rose Mary Glackin.

     
  42.  
    01:12: Hosie on Dundee turnout

    SNP MP Stewart Hosie in Dundee said: "Given what we have seen in parts of Scotland today, with turnouts of 85% and 90%, a 78% turnout here seems disappointing. In any other election, in any other referendum, a 78% turnout would be an extraordinary feat."

    Asked whether he was still hopeful that "Yes" would win the referendum, Mr Hosie said there was, for now, an "information vacuum".

    "Votes have not yet been counted, not a single result has been declared," he added.

     
  43.  
    01:07: Angus count David Currie Reporting Scotland presenter

    Soundings from both camps suggest it could be quite close in Angus. We expect to discover the turnout figure at 01:30.

     
  44.  
    01:06: Coffee break

    As the count enters the wee small hours, counting agents grab some coffee to keep their energy levels up.

    Coffee break
     
  45.  
    01:06: Glasgow fraud search

    Colin Edgar, head of communication at Glasgow City Council, says the search for ballot papers which are the subject of an investigation of electoral fraud "will not delay the count".

     
  46.  
    01:05: Looking disappointed Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland News presenter

    Early reports suggest Glasgow may have voted 54% "Yes" to 46% "No". However, "Yes" campaigners look a bit disappointed as they hoped the result would be more in their favour.

     
  47.  
    01:05: No in East Lothian?

    "No" campaigners in Eat Lothian say they are certain they have secured at least 62% of the vote, based on a sample of 12,000 votes cast.

     
  48.  
    01:04: Canavan optimistic

    Chairman of Yes Scotland Dennis Canavan tells the BBC he is optimistic that the campaign "can still win a famous victory".

     
  49.  
    01:03: Fraud allegation update Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    These allegations, as I understand it, relate to 10 votes.

    The technical term for the allegation is "personation".

    This is where somebody claiming to be Joe Bloggs turns up at a polling station and votes. Then maybe several hours later when the real Joe Bloggs finishes work and turns up to vote there is a problem. 'I'm sorry sir you have already voted'.

    The allegation is that that has happened on 10 separate occasions at polling stations across Glasgow.

    They will now try to trace the number of those ballots when it comes to the count.

    We have noticed one of them being put aside in an envelope. That will form part of the police investigation as we understand it.

    The number of people registered to vote in Glasgow is 486,219.

     
  50.  
    01:00: Western Isles update Catriona Maclennan, BBC Scotland

    The plane with the ballot papers from the Southern Isles (Uist and Barra) left Benbecula at 00:22 and is expected to land in Stornoway at approx 01:00.

    There had been uncertainty over how the papers would get here due to low lying fog all over the islands.

    Plan B was to transport the papers by boat from Uist to Harris, and then to Lewis by road, which would have meant a 05:00-06:00 declaration. Looking at a 03:00 declaration, approximately.

     
  51.  
    00:58: Last Shetland boxes

    The islands of Unst and Yell are the last boxes to arrive in Shetland.

    Shetland votes
     
  52.  
    00:57: 'Broken political system'

    Scottish Green party MSP Patrick Harvie, a supporter of the "Yes" campaign, tells the BBC that the UK has "a broken political system that has been propping up a broken economic system". The anger at this has been "channelled into something positive" in Scotland, he claims.

     
  53.  
    00:56: Andy Murray surprise Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    I was astonished that Andy Murray tweeted his support for independence in the early hours of Thursday.

    Partly because he had kept his own counsel for so long and partly because it came pretty much on polling day.

    I spoke to him about this very issue in New York a few weeks ago and he said he would play for an independent Scotland at the Olympics but he hadn't given it too much thought because he wasn't expecting it to happen.

    So when he said what he said yesterday it was game, set and match for the astonishment factor for me.

     
  54.  
    00:55: Inverclyde count Sally McNair Reporter, BBC Scotland

    The count at Inverclyde, in the Waterfront ice rink overlooking the Firth of Clyde, is well under way. All 75 boxes from 38 polling stations were brought here within an hour of the polls closing.

    With just under 62,500 registered voters here, this is the fifth smallest council area in Scotland and should be one of the first to declare.

    Polling has been high, with queues at some of the polling stations before they opened at 07:00.

     
  55.  
    00:55: Dundee City turnout Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Dundee City reports a turnout of 78.8%.

     
  56.  
    00:55: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Intriguing comments from polling organisation leaders on the potential outcome. They suggest that 'Yes' made significant ground, only for there to be a move back in a 'No' direction right at the very close.

    All note the difficulty in assessing a referendum by contrast with elections - where there is a history of comparable voting behaviour. All agree the need to reassess polling methods.

    As I say, intriguing - but of decidedly minor moment by comparison with the decision being taken by Scotland tonight.

    Two years of campaigning. Two seconds to mark a cross on a small piece of paper.

     
  57.  
    00:53: Hidden 'thumbs up' Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Campaigners gathered at the Better Together campaign at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow say voters were reluctant to say openly if they voted "No" but instead gave "No" volunteers a surreptitious wink!

    They replied with a "thumbs up" under their jackets.

     
  58.  
    00:52: 'Victory for the people' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Lord Wallace, Advocate General for Scotland in the UK government, and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill are playing their cards close to the chest at the Ingliston central count.

    Mr MacAskill says he's "contemplating a 'Yes' vote", while Lord Wallace says it would be "rash" to predict an outcome at this stage in the game. Both men, though, agree this referendum has been a victory for the people, whatever the result, given the remarkably high turnouts we've seen so far.

     
  59.  
    00:53: High turnout John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Inverclyde has also recorded a very high turnout with 87% of voters having cast a ballot.

    We have now had turnouts from three areas which are thought to be relatively fertile territory for the "Yes" side.

    In all three cases the turnout has been 87% to 89%.

    In contrast in the one place where "No" are expected to do well, and we have information on the number of papers that have been found in the ballot boxes, the turnout is somewhat lower at 84%.

     
  60.  
    00:51: East Renfrewshire count Jane Lewis BBC Scotland

    Still verifying here in East Renfrewshire but "No" supporter Jim Murphy says "we've won it by miles."

    The "Yes" camp tell me "it's a mixed bag".

     
  61.  
    00:50: 'Shift to No'

    Peter Kellner from pollsters YouGov told BBC Scotland: "We are saying 54% No, 46% Yes.

    "We reckon there has been a two-point shift to No just today from either people shifting or from the 'No' people being especially determined to turn out to vote.

    "The word out is that Glasgow is very close. Yes needs to win Glasgow comfortably if they are to win overall. If it is tight in Glasgow, 'No' has won Scotland."

     
  62.  
    00:49: BT analysis

    BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor is providing analysis through the night.

    Brian Taylor
     
  63.  
    00:48: No Alex Salmond

    BBC Politics: First Minister Alex Salmond cancels appearance at own #indyref count, @bbcnickrobinson says

     
  64.  
    00:48: 'Different country'

    Historian Peter Hennessy tells the BBC in Westminster that the UK "will be a different country" whatever the result of the referendum. "The English question has been rumbling but will soon become a roar," he predicts.

     
  65.  
    00:47: Electoral fraud allegations update Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    Police investigating allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. It relates to 10 votes cast in various polling stations around the city.

     
  66.  
    00:44: Electoral fraud allegations

    Editor of The Herald, Magnus Llewellin: BREAKING: Allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. Allegations of double vote impersonation in Glasgow #indyref

     
  67.  
    00:44: Orkney count

    Former Big Brother winner, and Better Together campaigner, Cameron Stout looks on as the Orkney count takes place.

    Cameron Stout
     
  68.  
    00:43: Queen to make statement

    The Queen is to make a written statement on Friday afternoon, regardless of the referendum result.

     
  69.  
    Email: yourpics@bbc.co.uk 00:43: Get involved

    Andrew McCallum sent these pictures from Jura of ballot boxes being collected: "The helicopter had arrived from Gigha to collect our votes and was then heading to Islay airport and Colonsay, before flying to Lochgilphead where the votes will be counted."

    The vote being collected from Jura by helicopter
     
  70.  
    00:40: Renfrewshire turnout Megan Paterson, BBC Scotland

    Renfrewshire reports 117,612 votes cast, a turnout of 87.3%.

     
  71.  
    00:39: 'No' in Falkirk? Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland news presenter

    Better Together say they think "No" will win "comfortably" in Falkirk, the former Westminster seat of Yes Scotland chairman Dennis Canavan, who used to be a Labour MP.

     
  72.  
    00:39: Renfrewshire turnout

    Renfrewshire turnout figure 87.3%. That is 117,612 votes cast.

     
  73.  
    00:38: Young voters

    Prof Charlie Jeffrey told BBC Scotland the introduction of 16 and 17-year-olds to the electorate had been a great success.

    He said: "I think the commitment of new voters has been very high but also the level of seriousness of the debate.

    "Some special polling has been done on 16 to 17-year-olds by my colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and they found they were not more likely to vote 'Yes' but actually more likely than any other age group, except for pensioners to vote 'No'."

    charlie jeffrey
     
  74.  
    00:37: Shetland selfie

    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott takes a selfie with first-time voters from the island's two high schools.

    Tavish Scott selfie
     
  75.  
    00:35: Wales settlement

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says a "Yes" vote would be a "fantastic opportunity for Wales to get the settlement that we deserve here".

    If there is a "No" vote, she argues, extra funding for Scotland under the Barnett formula might "cause a problem" for Wales, which gets a lower amount per head under the UK finding arrangement.

     
  76.  
    00:34: Northern Ireland debate Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

    A "Yes" victory could put Northern Ireland's constitutional status in question.

    If there is a "No", there will be a debate over what extra powers, if any, should be given to Stormont. That could include devolution of corporation tax to help NI compete with the lower rate of corporation tax in the Republic of Ireland.

     
  77.  
    00:32: Clackmannanshire count Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    One prominent local "Yes" activist says the picture here is "not as good as he'd hoped".

     
  78.  
    00:32: Turnout Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    First voter turnout numbers of the night: Orkney is 83.7%, with 14,907 votes cast. Clackmannanshire's voter turnout is 88.6%, with 35,411 votes cast.

     
  79.  
    00:30: Accident update Craig Anderson BBC Scotland

    Caithness ballot boxes held up by 1.5 hours because of an accident on the A9 at Berriedale Braes blackspot.

    The ballot boxes are now expected at the count in Dingwall at about 03:00.

     
  80.  
    00:28: Postal high

    East Dunbartonshire is declaring that 97% of postal votes have been returned.

    Postal ballots

    There has been a 95% turnout for postal votes in Clackmannanshire.

     
  81.  
    00:27: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Sandy Buchanan, 53, said he was glad to witness the count. "It seems like the logical conclusion to what's been a remarkable campaign," he said.

    His sister, Elizabeth Buchanan, 49, added: "Normally you just put your cross on the paper and that's it. Watching it makes you really feel part of it."

    Counters in Stirling
     
  82.  
    00:24: East Renfrewshire count Jane Lewis BBC Scotland

    East Renfrewshire now expecting to finish verifying the votes here at 00:30 now rather than midnight. That's when we'll get turnout figures.

     
  83.  
    00:24: 'Looking like a No'

    Martyn Mclaughlin of the Scotsman tweets: Some 90% of postal votes returned in Edinburgh. Word from hacks in Ingleston is it's looking like a No #indyref

     
  84.  
    00:22: Clackmannanshire count Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Some Better Together campaigners say the result in Clackmannanshire may be better for them than they'd hoped. A "Yes" vote had been widely expected here.

     
  85.  
    00:22: Highland delay

    The Highland Council: Highland Counting Officer expects some delay in receiving ballot boxes from north following A9 road closure by RTC.

     
  86.  
    00:21: Better Together 'confident' in Fife Simon Dedman BBC News

    Labour MP Thomas Doherty, spokesman for the No Campaign in Fife, has said he is confident that Fife will be a "No", based on the latest YouGov poll.

    He said Kirkcaldy would be the key part of the region to watch as "Yes" could do well there, but they would have to be ahead of "No" by some margin to dent Dunfermline, North East and West Fife where he said the "No" vote was solid.

    "Yes" could do well in Glenrothes due to the town being representated by SNP MSP Patricia Marwick, he added.

    It has been suggested that the count result here could be later than 04:00 and closer to 06:00.

     
  87.  
    00:18: Dumfries awaits

    Scotland's only Conservative MP, David Mundell, is at the count in Dumfries and says the boxes from Stranraer were not expected until 01:00.

    He told BBC Scotland: "Everybody recognises that if there is a Yes vote in Dumfries and Galloway then Scotland will be independent so I'm expecting a No vote. The initial signs here are encouraging but we have such a high turnout, so many people who don't normally vote, it is very difficult to make predictions.

    "It is a huge turnout. Particularly in some of the rural areas. In one of the boxes 100% of the people who have been available to vote have done so."

     
  88.  
    00:18: Clackmannanshire turnout

    Official figures from Clackmannanshire put the turnout at 89%.

     
  89.  
    00:16: 'Remarkable day'

    First Minister Alex Salmond: This has been a remarkable day. Scotland's future truly is in Scotland's hands. #IndyRef

     
  90.  
    00:16: Orkney turnout

    The first official statement of the number of ballot papers found in the ballot boxes has come from Orkney. This shows 84% of voters have cast a ballot.

     
  91.  
    00:15: Question time Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    The evidence from throughout Scotland is of a large, indeed a phenomenal, turnout. A series of questions arise from that.

    1. Will this benefit one side or the other?

    That depends upon differential turnout. Is one side or the other feeling more motivated, more inclined to participate? It had been thought that the more motivated side would be Yes. It had been thought this could be worth 1% or 2% in the final tally.

    However, at these huge levels of interest, that may be open to challenge. It seems that the entirety of Scotland is engaged. We shall see.

    Read more questions and answers here.

     
  92.  
    00:15: 'Fear and scare'

    Former Scottish first minister Henry McLeish said he had been a "reluctant" No voter.

    The former Labour MP and MSP said he had been "intensely annoyed" by the No campaign's approach of "fear and scare".

    He said: "There is an old Scottish word - thrawn - which essentially means the more you tell people they can't do something, the more they are likely to say 'I might want to do it'."

     
  93.  
    00:13: Island powers

    Alistair Carmichael, who is Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland, calls for more powers for Scotland's islands and alleges "Alex Salmond runs the most centralised government in western Europe right now."

     
  94.  
    00:11: New powers doubt

    SNP MSP Humza Yousaf tells the BBC he does not foresee new powers from Westminster "coming at all".

     
  95.  
    00:10: Packed halls

    Counting is well under way at Alloa Town Hall. Election officials say they have packed in as many staff as the hall will take.

    Clackmannanshire packed hall
     
  96.  
    00:09: 'Phenomenal' support Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Speaking at the Ingliston count, Cat Boyd, of the Radical Independence grassroots campaign, says they had organised buses to get people to polling stations, but found that when she was in Glasgow's Drumchapel area earlier, many people said they'd been out to vote already.

    She says there's been "phenomenal" support for independence in communities that the polling companies don't reach.

     
  97.  
    00:09: 'Uncharted waters'

    Lib Dem MSP for Shetland, Tavish Scott, told the BBC: "The sheer weight of the vote is at a scale that none of us who have stood at elections over a number of years have ever seen before.

    "That's a good sign but we are therefore in uncharted waters."

     
  98.  
    00:07: "Everyone was buzzing" Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    Laurens Zhang from Kilmacolm has been fascinated by the whole voting and counting process.

    The 16-year-old pupil at St Columba's voted "No" today.

    He said: "The atmosphere in the sixth-year common room was amazing. Everyone was buzzing. It's good to see so many young people taking an interest in politics."

     
  99.  
    @DMiliband 00:06: Twitter reaction

    Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband tweets: Wonderful to hear of 80/90 per cent turnouts in #indyref. Scots have taught us all a lesson in democracy.

     
  100.  
    00:02: Devolution debate

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael tells the BBC: "It is now for the English to have the debate that we've had in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."

    This could mean an English Parliament, city regions or regional assemblies, but it is "not for me to tell them", he adds.

     

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