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LISTEN: Highland Book Prize 2021 winner to be announced at award ceremony live streamed from Moniack Mhor creative writing centre tonight

By Federica Stefani

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THE winner of a prestigious Highland literary prize will be announced tonight (May 26) at an award ceremony.

The main event for the Highland Book Prize 2021 will be celebrated at the creative writing centre at Moniack Mhor from 7.30pm tonight, and book lovers will be able to attend live on Zoom.

Cal Flyn, Nairn B&A Festival
Cal Flyn, Nairn B&A Festival

Presented by the Highland Society of London the awards night will see the winning title announced.

The shortlisted books for this year's edition are Slaves and Highlanders by David Alston, Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn, The Stone Age by Jen Hadfield and In a Veil of Mist by Donald S Murray.

Jen Hadfield.
Jen Hadfield.
Writer Donald S Murray
Writer Donald S Murray

During the event, the authors will all be reading from their work, in a celebration of the finest literature produced in or about the Highlands in 2021.

Centre director, Rachel Humphries said: "Anyone is invited to join the event. The more the merrier – It's lovely to have people tuning in from all around the world, and sometimes behind one computer you can have four or five people!

"For us the richest online events is when we know that there is this bigh community of readers that want to support the readers. Even if it's online you can feel the energy, and it can feel like an intimate event.

"It always feel like a big celebration, it's always exciting and fun and over the years that I have attended I have been blown away by the quality of writing that gets to this point."

Musicians Ingrid and Megan Henderson will also perform at the event.

You can listen to our full interview with Rachel Humphires at the link above or on our Northern Bibliosphere podcast's latest episode.

David Alston's book, Slaves and Highlanders: David Alston outside Cromarty Courthouse. Picture: James Mackenzie.
David Alston's book, Slaves and Highlanders: David Alston outside Cromarty Courthouse. Picture: James Mackenzie.

To find out more on how to watch the awards night, visit moniackmhor.org.uk/courses/2021-highland-book-prize-award-ceremony/

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