Oban publisher highly commended in Saltire Awards

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An Oban publisher was celebrating on Friday (November 30) after being highly commended in this year’s Saltire Literary Awards.

Alan Windram, director of Little Door Books, which publishes children’s picture books, was singled out for the commendation in the Emerging Publisher of the Year category after judges decided he should be recognised for the work he and Little Door Books have achieved in a relatively short time.

Following the event he told The Oban Times: ‘I am really proud to have received the award. It was very unexpected, but I was really chuffed the judges had taken the unusual step to give me the commendation.’

Saltire Society Programme Director Sarah Mason said: ‘From poetry to publishing, fiction to academic studies, extending the length and breadth of the country and far beyond, this year’s Saltire Literary Awards are a testament to the outstanding calibre of modern Scottish literature in all its varied forms.  Every one of the individual awards was hotly contested, making the judges’ decisions particularly challenging.’

Mairi Kidd, interim head of literature, languages and publishing at Creative Scotland, said: ‘Creative Scotland is delighted once again to be able to support the 2018 Saltire Literary Awards. These awards occupy a unique place in the Scottish literary landscape, recognising as they do Scottish literature and publishing in all its many and varied forms.

‘It is great to be able to celebrate and showcase the work of everyone shortlisted and, in so doing, hopefully to promote it to a new and wider audience.’

The St Andrew’s Day event took place in Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh