Toby Paterson, skateboarding futurist
Claiming the likes of Brian Eno and Bjork as fans. the Glasgow artist nabbed the Beck's Futures Prize and continued to make significant. probing work. Gaze at a Paterson piece and architecture, history, ‘Disco lnferno' and skateboarding may make their presence known. His skateboarding activities. he told The List. gave him ‘a slightly different approach to cities'.
Andrew Fairlie, kitchen king There are so many UK food accolades. they tend to be devalued these days.
.1, But that said. if anyone deserves the pile garnered in 2002. Andrew Fairlie undoubtedly has. Taste of Scotland to Michelin star. he nabbed almost all. Once at Glasgow‘s One Devonshire Gardens. his eponymous restaurant at Gleneagles in Perthshire draws unanimous praise and growing international acclaim.
Kylle Mlnogue, Oz wizard
No one quite so skilfully or indulgently encapsulated over-exposure in 2002. Kylie (for she no longer requires a surname) frolicked for us in posh knicker ads. ‘probing' documentaries and her Fever stage show. But was it not for the nagging omniscience of 2001 ‘8 'Can't Get you Out of my Head' the music may have been completely overshadowed by the spectacle.
Renaldo, Brazilian ballboy Four years on from becoming a political football for the Rio government and his own sponsors after suffering a fit before the World Cup Final in Paris. Ronaldo had his fairytale ending by destrOying defences in the Far East this summer. He even put two past the seemingly unbeatable Oliver Khan to give Brazil victOry over Germany. Even the bitter English raised a cheer.
Not many ex-Morton players have had the Cannes jUry dribbling with admiration. But that was the fate of the Greenock lad who ditched his dreams of playing in the lower echelons of \" Scottish soccer having caught the ‘ acting bug. His ,‘ performance in . Ken Loach's ‘, A Sweet Sixteen '3‘ was among the most ” affecting of the year
They said an independent publishing company could never win the Booker Prize. Well, they were wrong, as Canongate’s Yann Martel scooped the award with his audacious Life of Pi. The man who is Canongate reflects on a very good year. Interview: Brian Donaldson
1 January 2002. When you looked ahead to the upcoming year. how did you feel about Canongate 's prospects?
I felt that they were pretty good. in fact. better than they had ever been. ln publishing yOu work a long way in advance and it was clear from the feedback that we were building real buzzes on a number of great books. We all felt at Canongate that there were some great books we were going to publish in 2002 and that if we had some luck and published them as well as we c0uld. then some of them might break out in a big way. But none of us could have predicted quite what has ended up happening. Who ever can? Outwith the Martel Booker win. Michel Faber 's Victorian epic making its first steps to the big screen and the acclaim for Louise Welsh. who else would you point to as doing the business for you?
Robert Sabbag's Smokescreen was the first book in Canongate's history to hit the national bestseller lists. Will Ferguson's novel Happiness was a big success too. selling over 30.000 c0pies and we have also sold translation rights into 19 languages for Will's novel already.
Bringing Lanark back into the Canongate list was of major importance and something that I regard as a hugely symbolic publication in our year. Richard Holloway's On Forgiveness was another wonderful book by this brilliant man that has enriched Canongate and had a major effect on a number of people. The Great Book of Gaelic is another culturally rich book that for sheer ambition compares with anything we published this year and which involved over 150 people in its creation. ranging from artists. photographers. calligraphers. poets and translators.
The flash film we just released of Life of Pi (check out www.canongatenet to download) is another project that I think breaks new ground.
What are your fondest memories of 2002?
Listening to the immense Orchestra Baobab at the Arches with my 4-year-old son Leo on my shoulders has to be right up there. He bonded with the saxophonist in a big way! Numerous evenings spent with people I love. Driving up from NY to the Canadian border with my girlfriend Elizabeth. Hearing ‘Life of Pi' come out of the mouth of the Chairman of Man [Booker Prize sponsor]. Buying one of the first vacherins of the year from a cheese stand in the scuth west of France and then eating it with friends.
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