Prestigious award leaves Cupar poet lost for words

Lindsay MacGregor (Photo: Rob McDougall)
Lindsay MacGregor (Photo: Rob McDougall)

Cupar poet Lindsay Macgregor has been lost for words for once after being named as one of 10 recipients of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

The coveted awards, run by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland, provide unpublished writers with financial support to enable them to concentrate on developing their work, as well as professional guidance to help them move towards publication.

Each recipient receives £2000 and a tailored package, including mentoring from writers and industry professionals.

Lindsay started writing poetry six years ago when she joined a writing group at Fife Maggie’s Centre. Since then, she has studied short courses with the Open University, the Poetry School and Fire in the Head, and she completed an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee in 2013.

Her poems have been published in a number of Scottish magazines and she is co-founder of Platform, a regular poetry and music night in the former stationmaster’s house at Ladybank.

She said: “I’m delighted and flabbergasted to receive a New Writers Award – it’s such a fantastic opportunity to be able to focus on writing.”