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IF you're looking for reading inspiration during Book Week Scotland, try one of these hot new Scottish writers.

Each was identified as a future literary talent by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity who also run Book Week Scotland.

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New Writer Awardee 2012

CLAIRE Askew's debut poetry collection, This Changes Things, was published by Bloodaxe last year and shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the 2016 Saltire First Book Award, 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, and the 2017 Michael Murphy Memorial Award.

She won the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellowship to work on her second poetry collection, How To Burn A Woman, which is soon to be released.

Claire, from Edinburgh, is also a novelist and her debut will be published by Hodder & Staughton after they won a four-way bidding war. The book, All The Hidden Truths, has been awarded the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and comes out next August.

Next Chapter Awardee 2014 IT'S only six months since Gail Honeyman's debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, was launched but she's already become one of the hottest names in publishing.

Gail, from Glasgow, won Scottish Book Trust's inaugural Next Chapter Award for unpublished writers over 40 in 2014 and used the award's bursary and writing retreat at Moniack Mhor to complete the book.

The best-selling novel has been sold to more than 30 territories around the world, was named WH Smith Fiction Book of the Year 2017, is shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and is being turned into a film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine.

New Writer Awardee 2013 GRAEME Macrae Burnet won popular and critical praise for his second novel, His Bloody Project, which was published around the world.

The story, about a brutal triple murder in the Highlands during the 1860s, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the LA Times Mystery Book of the Year 2017, and won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016 and the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award 2017.

His first book, The Disappearance of Alice Bedeau, was released in 2014 and was a cult hit, longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award.

Last month Graeme, from Kilmarnock, launched his latest novel, The Accident on the A35, a mystery that takes place in Saint-Louis, France.

New Writer Awardee 2012 HELEN Sedgwick was a research physicist before working as a literary editor and then crafting her own stories.

Her debut book, The Comet Seekers, was published last year in seven countries including the UK, USA and Canada, and selected as one of the best books of 2016 by outlets including Glamour magazine.

Helen, who lives in the Highlands, followed this swiftly with the launch of her second book, The Growing Season, in August and was featured on BBC Radio 4's Open Book.

While the first book fused science and romance, this story is set in a future where anyone can have a baby thanks to "biotech pouches" and deals with family, loss and what our future might hold.

New Writer Awardee 2013 JOHN Young is originally from Belfast and now lives in Edinburgh.

A former lawyer, he founded and runs The Teapot Trust, a children's art therapy charity, with his wife Laura.

One of the couple's three children, Verity, died in 2009 and since then John has found solace in writing and cycling.

John's debut novel, The Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist, was published in July and is the young adult story of a boy with cancer who takes off on an adventure to find his dad.

New Writer Awardee 2014 JULIETTE Forrest was an art director and copywriter for some of the UK's biggest advertising agencies before going freelance and turning her hand to stories of her own.

After winning a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, she used the bursary and mentoring to push on with her first book, a children's novel called Twister.

The book caught the attention of a literary agency and Juliette, from Glasgow, signed a two-book deal with Scholastic, the world's biggest publisher and distributor of children's books.

Twister, about a heroine of the same name, is a tale of adventure and magic, and launches on February 1.

New Writer Awardee 2013 KATHRINE Sowerby completed a degree in Tapestry from Edinburgh College of Art and taught English in Slovakia and Lithuania before returning to Scotland.

She has an Masters in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art and an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University.

Kathrine, from Glasgow, has read her work at events including the Edinburgh Book Festival, StAnza Poetry Festival, and in Lahore, Pakistan.

Her collection of poetry, That Bird Loved, was released in March, with her book of stories, The Spit, The Sound and The Nest, published in April.

New Writer Awardee 2010 KIRSTY Logan, from Glasgow, released her first short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, in 2014 and it won the Scott Prize, Polari First Book Prize and the Saboteur Award.

Her first novel, The Gracekeepers, was released the following year, won a Lambda Literary Award and was selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and Waterstones Book Club.

Her most recent release, A Portable Shelter, is a collection of linked short stories inspired by Scottish folk tales, while her next novel, The Gloaming, will be published in April.

Kirsty's work has been translated into Japanese and Spanish, and she's working on a new collection of short horror stories and the script for a TV pilot.

New Writer Awardee 2014 MALACHY Tallack is a writer, editor and singersongwriter from Shetland, now living in Glasgow.

His first book, Sixty Degrees North, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award.

After being named a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow in 2015, his follow-up, The Un-Discovered Islands, won Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards this year.

In between his non-fiction writing, he's recorded and released four music albums and an EP, and his next novel, The Valley at the Centre of the World, will be published by Canongate in May next year.

New Writer Awardee 2015 HALF-SCOTTISH and half-Polish, Olga Wojtas has spent most of her life in Edinburgh but has also lived and worked in Aberdeen, Grenoble, Newcastle and Washington DC.

She is a journalist, now freelance, and has been writing short stories for many years.

The New Writers Award enabled her to afford the time to work on her creative writing and benefit from a professional mentor.

The result, her debut novel titled Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar, is due to be released in January and is inspired by one of Scottish fiction's most iconic tales, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
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