Time to Vote for Poets?

Wednesday 18 May 2011


StAnza 2011 Bookstall

The StAnza bookstall may have been folded away, but it's still book season. The first stage of judging in the Scottish Mortgage Trust Book Awards have two favourite Scottish poets as category winners, Stewart Conn for the poetry prize for his collection The Breakfast Room and Jackie Kay who wins the non-fiction prize for Red Dust Road.  Both of  them have won £5,000 and now go head–to–head with the winners of the fiction and first book prizes to compete for the Scottish Book of the Year honour – and a further £25,000 of prize money.  The twist this year is that the public get to vote. Just go to Scottish Book Awards to register your vote. At the moment there could be a 50% chance a poet is going to emerge as winner, so these seem to be good starting odds.