Galloway Poet Shortlisted for ‘Saboteur’ Award

Galloway poet Stuart A. Paterson’s latest collection, ‘Border Lines’ has been shortlisted for a prestigious Saboteur Award. ‘Border Lines’ features work based exclusively in and about Dumfries and Galloway, and the 36-page collection has already been well-reviewed. It’s one of five pamphlets chosen from hundreds submitted by publishers to the Saboteurs earlier this year, in the Best Poetry Pamphlet category. Stuart is the only Scottish nominee and his publisher, Indigo Dreams, has also been shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher. We hope you join us and click on the link below to vote for both. Voting for the awards closes on May 24th.



London-based Sabotage Reviews was founded in 2010 bto provide dynamic commentary and reviews of  UK literature that might not otherwise receive such critical and public attention. The focus is on independent, small-budget literature; poetry pamphlets, short stories and live performance. Sabotage publish an average of 500 reviews each year.



“A continued meditation on one area of Scotland, mediated by various themes, such as seasonal change.” (Scottish Books)

“The poems are great when read aloud: the alliteration, the quirky observations, his heartfeltness, all come to the fore.” (Northwords Now)

“The powerful imagery in Stuart A Paterson’s poems feeds the mind’s eye, perfectly capturing the ever-changing landscape, sea, sky and elements of his home on the Solway Firth.” (Dumfries and Galloway Life)


“The poems might convince you to visit Dumfries & Galloway, but these are no Tourist Board verses. Deep in the heart of Scotland something has stirred, and this collection of fine poems is the sound of the rustling undergrowth.” (Dundee University Review of the Arts) 

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