Acair author scoops Donald Meek Award at Edinburgh event

Acair author Norma Macleod was announced as this year’s winner of the prestigious Donald Meek Award at an event in Charlotte Square Gardens last Friday as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Her novel, ‘An Dosan’, is to be published as part of the new Gaelic fiction series, Aiteal.
Mrs Macleod said: “Professor Meek is well recognised for his contribution to Gaelic scholarship, and to receive such an award in his name adds, for me, to the pleasure of receiving it.”

The award has previously been awarded to Martin MacIntyre in 2013 for ‘A’ Challaig Seo, Chall Ò’ and to Moray Watson in 2012 for ‘Bàrdachd Iain Mac a’ Ghobhainn’.

Three other Acair writers — Martin MacIntyre, Alison Lang and Norman Campbell — were also named on this year’s shortlist as well as Mrs Macleod. These books will also be published as part of the Aiteal series and Martin MacIntyre’s new collection of short stories, ‘Cala Bendita ‘s a Bheannachdan’, will be launched at an event as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival later this week.

Acair manager Agnes Rennie commented: “Acair is delighted that Norma Macleod has won this prize. Many will associate Norma’s name with the children’s books she has versioned into Gaelic. This new novel confirms Norma’s place as a first-class writer of fiction.”

The Donald Meek Award was established by the Gaelic Books Council in 2010 with support from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig in order to support and encourage new and already established writers in Gaelic.

Christine Stone, Norma MacLeod and Alison Lang are pictured above.