Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, by Kapka Kassabova has been named as the Scottish Book of the Year at the Saltire Literary Awards 2017.

The book was also named 2017 Saltire Society Scottish Non Fiction Book of the Year.

Other award winners this year included Memory and Straw, Angus Peter Campbell's novel which won the Scottish Fiction Book of the Year; Goblin by Ever Dundas, which won First Book of the Year; Bird-Woman by Em Strang which won Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award; and The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse edited by Peter Mackay & Iain MacPherson has been named Research Book of the Year Award.

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The 2017 Saltire Publisher of the Year Award went to Birlinn.

In its second year, the winner of the Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award was also announced as being presented jointly to founders of indie publisher 404Ink, Laura Jones and Heather McDaid, for "dedication and innovation are changing the face of modern Scottish publishing."

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PAST Love In The Museum Of Transport is the new 32 page pamphlet by Glasgow-based poet Ciara MacLaverty, which is to be published by the independent poetry press Tapsalteerie in January.

Liz Lochhead, the former Makar, says: “These poems - in the voice of a woman, a mother, a good neighbour of the here-and-now - are light-but-deep, often funny, always generous, accessible, inclusive, deeply humane, celebrating small things that can say some very big things indeed.”

Ms MacLaverty was born in Belfast, raised on Islay and lives in Glasgow.

She has blogged about recovering from illness, motherhood and writing for over a decade in a blog named after her first pamphlet.

Her poems have appeared in The Herald, The Scotsman, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Irish Times, Poetry Scotland and The Poet’s Republic.

www.ciaramaclaverty.blogspot.co.uk

NATIONAL Lottery funding worth £600,000 has been given to 32 arts projects through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

Glasgow-based publisher BHP Comics has received funding towards Full Colour, a year-long mentoring and development project to support new work and promote emerging comic writers and artists from diverse backgrounds.

Writer Victoria MacKenzie has received funding to complete Brantwood, an historical novel based on four years in the life of Victorian art critic and social reformer John Ruskin.

Musselburgh based The Brunton Theatre has received funding towards its 2017-18 artistic programme, which will include classical music, drama, dance and youth arts.

Keeryong Choi and Mella Shaw have received funding to produce new works to be shown as part of Craft Scotland’s Scottish showcase during Collect, the craft sector’s premier showcase, in London during February 2018.

Glasgow-based dance music label Soma Records has received funding to present Soma Skool, a one-day event for young people interested in a career in the electronic music industry.

Funding for theatre company Tricky Hat Productions will help in the development of mature theatre initiative The Flames.

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