Main Category


Christine De Luca lives in Edinburgh. She writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue. She was appointed Edinburgh’s Makar for 2014-2017. Besides several children’s stories and one novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian). She’s participated in many festivals here and abroad. Her poems have been selected four times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year (2006, 2010, 2013 and 2015) for The Scottish Poetry Library online anthologies.


Scottish Gaelic Category


Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul is an award-winning poet, novelist, journalist and actor. His Gaelic novel ‘An Oidhche Mus Do Sheòl Sinn’ was voted into the top 10 of the Best Ever Books from Scotland in the Orange/List Awards in 2007. His bilingual poetry collection ‘Aibisidh’ was the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year for 2012 and his English-language novel ‘Memory and Straw’ won the Saltire Scottish Fiction Book of the Year Award for 2017.


Scots Category


Jenny Lindsay is one of Scotland’s best known spoken word poets, as well as the director of the live literature, music and theatre organisation Flint and Pitch Productions, which has just been placed in The List’s Hot 100 for 2017. She is the author of one full collection and two pamphlet collections of poetry, (The Eejit Pit, 2012; Ire & Salt, 2015) was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012 and was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017. Her debut solo show, Ire & Salt (2015), gained a four-star review from the Scotsman and acclaim from the Orwell Society and her second solo show, This Script (and Other Drafts),  aired in February 2018 to much applause.