Oh, what a night…………

What a fantastic night we had on Tuesday- a joyful celebration of great writing from our Baker Prize winners. The audience were treated to a memorable feast of poetry and prose. We travelled to North Ronaldsay with Juliet Lamb, to the Scoraig peninsula with Alison Barr, to Lewis with Garry Mackenzie, to an island off the South Carolina coast with Heather Marshall, and into the past with St Brendan and his monks in Deborah Moffatt’s poem the Moving Island. Judges Meg Bateman, Chris Powici, Roger Hutchinson and Angus Dunn were generous and elegant in their introductions and presentations to our winners. We heard good music from the students of the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton. And we launched the second part of our ‘quest’ for submissions of Gaelic & English poems and prose from writers living in Skye & Lochalsh for our first Anthology. (More details will be posted here in the next few days) Thanks in absence to our judges who couldn’t make the event, Kevin MacNeil, Rody Gorman & Morag Stewart. And congratulations to our absent Highly Commended winners Ian Stephen (English Prose) & Andy Jackson (English Poetry_ – you were missed. If you weren’t able to attend, you can hear some of what went on during the day and evening by listening to the Reading Room Show today – Thursday 28 February between 15.00-16.00 GMT on 106.2 & 102.7 FM or livestream at www.cuillinfm.co.uk – there will be 2 Baker Prize Special Shows this year, more details of the next show posted here and on the website.
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