A Scots language writer from East Ayrshire has been announced as one of eleven recipients of Scottish Book Trust’s 2024 New Writers Award.

Writing mostly in Scots, Ross Crawford, 34, who is originally from Dunlop and attended Stewarton Academy, has had short stories and poetry published in a number of publications.

He takes inspiration from the history, nature, and folklore of Scotland, as he explores the historic resonance and modern relevance of the Scots language.

Every year, the Scottish Book Trust holds the prestigious year-long writer development programme to support burgeoning writers living in Scotland.

As well as a £2,000 cash award, they receive mentorship from writers, a week-long retreat, and opportunities to showcase work to industry professionals.

The New Writers Award has made an extraordinary impact on publishing since its launch in 2009.

From the 177 awardees who have gone through the programme up to 2023, 76 have had their work published, with a total of 183 books going out into the world.

Ross said: ‘‘I'm so delighted to receive this award, it’s an honour and privilege. Just about fainted when I heard the news!

"I’m really grateful to the Scottish Book Trust for all their support and can’t wait for a good year of writing ahead!’