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New Writers Awards Showcase 2023

Find out more about our fantastic New Writers showcase.

Our Showcase took place on January 26 2023, find out more and watch the livestream below.

Every year the New Writers Awards spotlights an amazing array of new writing talent in Scotland ­– now is your chance to hear the 2022 awardees read from their own work at our 2023 showcase. Our fabulous host Kirstin Innes(this link will open in a new window) introduces our talented writers as they read a sample of their work. You can find more by downloading our New Writing sampler(this link will open in a new window) that was handed out in print at the event.

Spotlighting our new writers

The prestigious judging panel had the hard task of selected our talented awardees from hundreds of entries.

Our panellists included Jen Campbell, Laura Fyfe and Sean Wai Keung on Poetry, Sheena Kalayil and Jenny Colgan on Fiction and Narrative Non Fiction as well as Akemi Dawn Bowman and Ross Sayers on Children's and YA. The Gaelic Books Council selects the Gaelic New Writer Awardee.

Meet our awardees

Discover more about each of our New Writers, including short samples of their writing, below.

Agata Maslowska's headshot'
Agata Maslowska
Armarna Forbes's headshot'
Armarna Forbes
Children's and YA
Dougie Strang's headshot'
Dougie Strang
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Eimear Bush's headshot'
Eimear Bush
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Firas Ibrahim's headshot'
Firas Ibrahim
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Helena Fornells Nadal's headshot'
Helena Fornells Nadal
Lindsay Hirst's headshot'
Lindsay Hirst
Children's and YA
Rae Cowie's headshot'
Rae Cowie
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Roshni Gallagher's headshot'
Roshni Gallagher
Shelagh Campbell's headshot'
Shelagh Campbell
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction (Gaelic)