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24 February 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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  • 6 February 2019
    News, Events

    The full line-up of speakers for the Scottish Book Trade Conference 2019 has been announced. Speakers include First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, author and activist Gina Miller and Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt. The conference will take place at Surgeon's Quarter in Edinburgh on Tuesday 26 February 2019, and will be chaired by Jenny Brown, of Jenny Brown Associates.

  • 28 January 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    A poem entitled 'From The Grain' by David Cover has been announced as the official poem for the Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran.

  • 23 January 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    The Kelpies Prize 2019 is now open. The organisers are looking for emerging writers who are committed to developing their writing craft, their book promotion skills and their profile as a children's author. The Kelpies Prize is open to anyone who lives or works in Scotland and has stories to tell. Enter by 5pm on 28 February 2019.

  • 16 January 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Congratulations to writer Alan Windram and illustrator Chloe Holwill-Hunter who were announced as the winners of the 2019 Bookbug Picture Book Prize for One Button Benny (Little Door Books).

  • 8 January 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    The 2019 awards are open for entries until Friday 8 February 2019. A new Small Press category has been introduced.

  • 7 January 2019
    News, Industry

    The Bookseller reports that 2018 saw the UK printed book market grow in value for a fourth year running.

  • 21 December 2018
    News, Industry

    It's been another very busy year for our members and for us. We've compiled some of the main events and highlights to look back on.

  • 7 December 2018
    News, Industry

    The first Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing was published on 7 December 2018. The intention is that the commitment is meaningful, helpful and makes people feel seen and supported. It is also hoped that businesses will use it alongside any existing policies they have or to help develop these if they don't have them.

  • 7 December 2018
    News, Industry

    The Bookseller has published its annual list of the 100 most influential people in UK publishing. Among those on the list are: Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival; Jamie Byng, Chief Executive of Canongate Books; Rosamund de la Hey, Owner of The Mainstreet Trading Company; Robert Macfarlane, author, and Jackie Morris, illustrator; and Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland.

  • 6 December 2018
    News, Industry

    Alison Lang has been announced as the new Director of The Gaelic Books Council, Scotland's flagship organisation for Gaelic books and writing. She will take up the post in January 2019 and succeeds Rosemary Ward, who held the position since 2010.