She has been on a famous album sleeve, published short stories and poems - and has now been named one of the top new writers to watch in Scotland.

Ciara MacLaverty, a poet and writer based in Glasgow, is one of 10 recipients of this year’s Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards, and the winner of a £2,000 cash prize which will, she says, allow her to concentrate solely on writing poetry for the first time.

Ms MacLaverty has writing in her genes - her father is the noted writer Bernard MacLaverty - but unlike her father who is known for his novels, she writes poetry.

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Her love of poetry began at an early age - the first poem she remembers writing clearly was in Primary 3 at a school in Ireland, a poem about daffodils which caught her teacher's eye.

She now hopes to use the award to concentrate on writing her poems and work towards publishing a pamphlet or collection, focussing on the intimate, detailed and domestic themes she has explored in the past.

"That poem I wrote in school, it was suddenly a different way of seeing," she said.

"I didn't write another one for years and in my twenties, when I had a period of bad health I wrote short stories, but in recent years it has all been poetry.

"Really this award will put me in the position to work on the poetry, without feeling that I just shouting in the the void. It is a validation. "I feel my life is pressurised, I work part time as a survey assistant for Glasgow University, and this will allow me to work on the poems for four months or so as a job.

"A big part of this is having the Scottish Book Trust's support, it is lovely to know they are there to support me."

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Ms MacLaverty has had several short stories published, but credited an evening poetry class run by poet Donny O'Rourke as building her confidence and "getting over the fear of feeling pretentious for writing poetry."

In 1996 Ms MacLaverty was pictured on the cover of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister, as she is a friend of the lead singer and songwriter, Stuart Murdoch.

She says her appearance on the red-coloured sleeve is often more remarked upon than her well-known father, writer of books such as Cal and Grace Notes.

She added: "I do have dad's support - but it is not like I show him every poem, and he is always telling me to write a novel.

"People do still say to me 'have I seen you before somewhere?' because of the album more than anything else."

Ms MacLaverty joins two librarians, a social care worker, a prop maker and a retired English teacher among the 10 recipients of the awards.

Each of the 10 recipients receive a £2,000 cash award as well as a week-long writer's retreat.

Other winners include, in the fiction class, Anna Stewart of Dundee, Elisabeth Ingram Wallace of Glasgow, Laura Morgan from north Sutherland, Sally Huband of Shetland and Simon Brown of Edinburgh.

Lydia Harris of Orkney and Molly Vogel of Glasgow are also in the poetry category and Christine Laurenson of Shetland and Helen MacKenzie from Linlithgow are in the children's and young adult fiction category.

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Caitrin Armstrong, head of writer development at Scottish Book Trust, said: "The New Writers Awards exist to support and nurture the talent and spirit out there in Scotland.

"We’re here to help the writers who might be bowing under the weight of their commitments or who just need some breathing space and encouragement to keep going.

"Our 2017 awardees have already produced some fantastic writing, and I can’t wait to see what they create over the next year."

Often New Writers Award recipients go on to secure publishing deals.

Upcoming 2017 publications from previous awardees include Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

2016 publications from previous awardees include Claire Askew with This Changes Things published by Bloodaxe Books, Lucy Ribchester with The Amber Shadows published by Simon and Schuster, Martin MacInnes with Infinite Ground published by Atlantic Books and Helen Sedgwick with The Comet Seekers published by Harvill Secker.

The 2012 recipient Graeme Macrae Burnet was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his second novel, His Bloody Project.