Literature awards for University academics

Published: 20 December 2012

Two University academics have received prestigious awards for their scholarly work

Matthew Strickland, Professor of History, has been awarded the Saltire History Book of the Year 2012 for his book: ‘A Military History of Scotland’.

The book offers readers an unparalleled insight into the evolution of the Scottish military tradition, ranging from pre-history to the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Speaking about the award, Matthew said: “We are delighted an honoured to have won the Saltire Society award. Tracing the nature of conflict from prehistory to the Gulf Wars, but also containing chapters on the Scottish soldier in art and literature, on music and military monuments, on castles and the impact of war on Scotland’s cultural and physical landscape, the Military History of Scotland has sought to reflect the vibrancy of the study of Scotland’s military traditions and the major developments that have occurred in the historiography of warfare.

“With contributions from thirty authors, the project has also involved close collaboration with experts from national organizations such as Historic Scotland and the National Museums of Scotland, as well as a range of regimental museums. The School of Humanities is strongly represented, with chapters by Dr Martin MacGregor on warfare in Gaelic Scotland in the later Middle Ages and Dr Tony Pollard on the battlefield archaeology of Scotland. We regard this book not as a definitive history, but rather as a starting point for new research.”

More information about the publication can be found at:


Alongside Matthew’s award, Dr Georgina Collins was awarded the 2013 English PEN Award for outstanding writing in translation.

The award was made for Georgina’s translation of Layla Al-Zubaidi, Writing Revolution: the Voices from Tunis to Damascus. 

The Award uniquely recognises translated works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry which contribute to inter-cultural understanding and promote freedom of expression.

First published: 20 December 2012

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