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Saltire Literary Awards

30 November 2019 @ 19:00

Excited to say that ‘Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga‘ been shortlisted for a Saltire Literary Award as Research Book of the Year 2019.

This year, for the first time, the Saltire Society will be awarding a prize for Scottish Book Cover and a special Award for Lifetime Achievement. The winners of all eleven prizes, and the Saltire Book of the Year, will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Saturday 30 November at the National Museum of Scotland.

Tickets are available on the Saltire Society website here.

“I am honoured, delighted, and feel enormous gratitude to everyone in Orkney who helped make the book possible through their energetic support over the years. The Saltire Literary Awards celebrate the Scottish imagination, and it is that imaginative power that has led to new renewable energy futures being made in Orkney.” — Laura Watts: Author, Energy at the End of the World

“This is the story of Orkney, a remote archipelago off the northern coast of Scotland that somehow became the epicenter of marine energy innovation. In a beautifully written account of how place matters in the creation of new technological futures, Watts—a poet, scholar, and artist—grounds her account in science and technology studies while also incorporating elements of mythology, speculative fiction, and the graphic novel.” — Justin Kehoe: MIT Press Associate Acquisitions, Culture and Technology.

With my great Geography colleague, Fraser MacDonald also up for an award for First Book of the Year, and Orkney poet, Harry Josephine Giles, up for Poetry Book of the Year should be a fantastic event- certaintly a really wonderful book list.


30 November 2019


National Museum of Scotland