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17 June 2019


The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland. The most recent news items are  highlighted in the list to the left. For older items, browse through the news pages or search using any one or all of the filters.

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  • 10 June 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Many congratulations to Lucy Juckes, Theresa Breslin and Anne Barclay, who have received honours in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019.

  • 5 June 2019
    News, Publishers

    BBC Scotland has commissioned a new Arts series to celebrate literature. The Big Scottish Book Club is to be hosted by award-winning author Damian Barr and the four sixty-minute programmes will air later this year.

  • 5 June 2019
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    Two books published by members are on the longlist for The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize: The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) and Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert (Saraband). The shortlist will be announced on 2 July and the winner will be announced on 15 August.

  • 4 June 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster Lemn Sissay has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize 2019. Canongate Books have published his work for over two decades and will publish his memoir, My Name is Why, on 29 August 2019.

  • 28 May 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    An exciting new competition has been launched to find the next voice in nature writing. The winner of the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing will receive a book deal with Canongate - including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000 - and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates. The Prize will open for submissions on 24 June 2019 and the closing date for submissions is 10 September 2019.

  • 21 May 2019
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth from Arabic and published by our member Sandstone Press has been announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019. Huge congratulations to all involved!

  • 14 May 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Huge congratulations to British Book Awards 2019 winners Golden Hare Books and Noor Hemani. Golden Hare Books won the Independent Bookshop of the Year and Noor Hemani, of Lighthouse, won the Individual Bookseller of the Year. It was a vintage year for Scottish bookshops with The Edinburgh Bookshop and The Mainstreet Trading Company commended in their categories too.

  • 7 May 2019
    News, Awards and prizes, Funding

    Four writers have been awarded a month-long residency in France. They are: Bernard McLaverty, Linda Cracknell, Philip Miller and Maria Fusco.

  • 1 May 2019
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    404 Ink founders Heather McDaid and Laura Jones are shortlisted for the 2019 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 28 May 2019.

  • 1 May 2019
    News, Industry, International

    The Scottish Government has announced an ambitious growth plan that aims to increase the value of exports from 20% to 25% of Scotland’s GDP over the next 10 years.