Callanan, Gratton win awards for depictions of province’s heritage

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Local writers Mark Callanan and Patricia Grattan were named winners of the 2013 Heritage and History Book Awards earlier this week.

(From left) Shannon Ryan, non-fiction nominee; Joan Ritcey, Historic Sites Association representative; Patricia Grattan, non-fiction winner; Mark Callanan, poetry winner; Terry Bishop Stirling, Historic Sites Association representative; and Robin Durnford, poetry nominee, after they participated in the 2013 Heritage and History Book Awards in St. John’s.

Callanan won the Poetry Award for his book “Gift Horse,” while Grattan won the Non-Fiction Award for “City Seen: Artists’ Views of St. John’s 1785-2010.” Both writers received a $250 prize.

Sponsored by the Historic Sites Association and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, the awards alternate between works of fiction and children’s/young adult literature one year, and non-fiction and poetry the next.

The awards recognize works that exemplify excellence in the interpretation of the history and heritage of Newfoundland and Labra­dor.

This year’s awards presentation took place at The Ship pub in

St. John’s Tuesday night.

“We are delighted to partner on book awards that present opportunities to recognize excellence in our literary community,” Alison Dyer, executive director of the writers’ alliance, said in a news release. “We appreciate the dedication of the Historic Sites Association in awarding writers who are exploring the culture and heritage of this province.”

Organizations: Historic Sites Association, Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Ship

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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