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23 June 2017


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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  • 21 June 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    Independent Edinburgh publisher Floris Books has announced the shortlist for the Kelpies Prize 2017. The books on it are: Lottie Larkin's Magical Mishap by Kate Bolden; David and the Surprisingly Smart-o-saurus by Debbie Cannon; and The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow by Emily Ilet. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 23 August

  • 21 June 2017
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    Congratulations to Daniel Shand whose romantic novel Fallow (published by Sandstone Press in Dingwall) has won the Betty Trask Prize 2017. The Prize was among those announced at the Society of Authors Prizes ceremony in London on 20 June 2017.

  • 15 June 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Canongate Books) is one of three books shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 for memoir and life writing. The winner will be announced on 5 July 2017.

  • 7 June 2017
    News, Industry

    The Prior Information Notice for the replacement framework for Library books and Education textbooks has been posted on the Public Contracts Scotland site. Scotland Excel wish to engage with interested parties to discuss the products and services currently available in the marketplace and options regarding the structure of the procurement and the anticipated direction of future market development.

  • 19 May 2017
    News, Industry

    On his next birthday Jamie Byng, Chief Executive of Canongate Books, will be chopping his locks in support of the Howard League for Penal Reform. How extreme the cut is - trimmed, pruned, chopped or scalped - depends on how much money he raises. He is aiming for £50K which will see him scalped!

  • 19 May 2017
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers, Industry

    The Edinburgh Napier Degree Show is an annual showcase of the creative talent including publishers. This year the students all had to produce their own individual book and the standard was very impressive. Gill Tasker, Book Marketing Manager at Publishing Scotland presented the publishing award on 18 May to William Holt. The showcase is open 19-28 May 2017 from 10am to 5pm at Merchiston campus.

  • 18 May 2017
    News, Events, Publishers

    Acair Books, based in Stornoway, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a festival of books and writing - ‘Fèis Litreachais Acair @ 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Publishing’ - on Wednesday 24 May in Stornoway. All events are free and members of the public are welcome to attend throughout the day or choose to attend in the afternoon or evening. Some events are in Gaelic and they will be simultaneously translated into English, so all should feel welcome to come along.

  • 12 May 2017
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    Congratulations to Alice Curry, founder of Lantana Publishing, who was announced as the winner of The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize at a ceremony on Wednesday 10 May 2017. The Prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing and is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.

  • 9 May 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    The winners of the British Book Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne in London on 8 May 2017. Particular congratulations to Collins Learning on winning Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year. Congratulations also to Amy Liptrot, Cat Anderson, Far From the Madding Crowd and The Edinburgh Bookshop who were all shortlisted. Our Chief Executive Marion Sinclair was a co-presenter of one of the awards.

  • 28 April 2017
    News, Industry, Publishers

    Figures released on 27 April 2017 by the Publishers Association show that 2016 was a record breaking year for the UK publishing industry in the UK with sales of books and journals reaching £4.8bn, their highest ever level. The Scotsman's report of 28 April quotes our Chief Executive Marion Sinclair, Jamie Byng of Canongate Books, Jan Rutherford of Birlinn and Marc Lambert the Scottish Book Trust.