Scottish book award for Angus writer

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Eunice Buchanan, a member of the Angus Writers’ Circle, is the joint winner of the Saltire Society’s 2013 Scottish First Book of the Year Award.

Her book is called ‘As Far As I Can See’.

Eunice, a retired schoolteacher from Arbroath, joined the Writers’ Circle at the start of the year.

In that short time she has impressed members with her poetry and prose pieces in English and Scots.

Angus Writers’ Circle is full of talent, with several published authors, and other members publishing articles and short stories. But winning the Saltire Society’s 2013 Scottish First Book of the Year Award surely sets a new higher bench mark for members.

The Saltire Society describes Eunice’s book ‘As Far As I Can See’ as an impressive, perceptive and, at times, humorous first collation of poems plus a short story for good measure

The poems in Scots are outstanding in their use of language and the book has already won the McCash prize for poetry in Scots.

Tim Armstrong was the other winner. His book ‘Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach’ is the first genuine sci-fi novel in Gaelic.

The Circle meets on Wednesdays in the first and third week of the month throughout the year in the Rosely Country House Hotel, Arbroath. New members are always welcome.