Poet and roofer wins Carcanet contract

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Posted: 13 December 2011

Stirling-based poet William Letford, a past winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, has secured a publishing deal for his first volume of poetry.
BEVEL will be published by Manchester-based Carcanet Press in November 2012.

Leftord, who holds an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and whose day job is as a roofer, was the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2008.

"I am indebted to the Scottish Book Trust, not just for the confidence I gained from receiving a New Writer's Award, but for all the help and support they have given me in the intervening years since," he said.

Michael Schmidt, Managing and Editorial Director of Carcanet Press, said: "Billy first stood out to me as a remarkable performer of his work, speaking it from memory and keeping his eye on the audience, not the page. His poems are always accessible, but they are not as simple as they may seem at first: their resonances are deep in popular speech and in the poetry that informs them, Scottish and international.

"It is one of the privileges of being a teacher to find occasionally the living thing fully formed, a literature student who is actually producing literature; as a publisher, the privilege and pleasure are also intense."

The New Writers Awards have been managed by Scottish Book Trust, in association with Creative Scotland, since 2008 and each year provide eight new writers with financial support to enable them to concentrate on their work, as well as professional guidance to move towards publication. The recipients receive a cash award of £2,000 as well as a bespoke professional development package which can include nine months working with a mentor, and networking opportunities with publishers and literary agents.

Caitrin Armstrong, Writer Development Manager at Scottish Book Trust, describes Letford as "one of the most original and striking voices in modern Scottish writing".

Source: Bookbrunch

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