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New Gaelic writer, Mary Gillies, has won an award with her submission for a children’s story.


Mrs Gillies, who lives in Stornoway, won the first Gaelic Writing for Children Award for a Gaelic story aimed at five to eight year-olds.


The competition received entries across Scotland, as well as one from Canada.


Along with a £500 prize, Mary also receives the opportunity to have her manuscript considered by Acair Books, with a view to getting it published.


The award, Duais Sgrìobhaidh Do Chlann Ann An Gàidhlig, is a partnership between An Lanntair, Acair Books and Western Isles Libraries which aims to inspire and encourage new writers to write for children and highlight the importance of original language books for young readers.


For its launch year, the award was funded through a grant from the Carnegie UK Trust.



New writer wins inaugural Gaelic award

25  April 2017

Mary Gillies