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21 April 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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  • 17 April 2019
    News, Europe

    On 15 April 2019 the Council of the European Union gave its green light to the new Copyright Directive proposed by the Commission in September 2016 and voted by the European Parliament in March 2019.

  • 10 April 2019
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    Congratulations to our member Sandstone Press which has a book on the shortlist: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth.

  • 3 April 2019
    News, Funding

    With an available budget of £15,000 for 2019/20 the Author International Travel Fund will accept applications on a rolling basis for a period of one year. Writers can apply for a maximum of £1,000 to support travel costs. This new fund has been launched by Scottish Books International, Scotland's first international books promotion service, to support Scottish writers wishing to travel overseas to promote their work.

  • 27 March 2019
    News, Europe

    On 26 March 2019 MEPs adopted the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive. The vote was welcomed in both the European and UK publishing sectors. Because of Brexit, it is unclear whether the legislation will be implemented in the UK.

  • 22 March 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Congratulations to all on the BBA shortlists particularly: Canongate Books and its Publishing Director Francis Bickmore; Historic Environment Scotland; and HarperCollins and its imprints Collins Learning, HQ and HarperCollins Children's Books. There is also a strong showing from Scottish booksellers with Noor Hemani (Lighthouse Bookshop), Jonathan Taylor (Golden Hare Books), The Mainstreet Trading Company, Golden Hare Books and The Edinburgh Bookshop all shortlisted for awards. The winners will be announced on 13 May.

  • 18 March 2019

    We were sorry to hear of the death of Paul Henderson Scott, writer and former Vice-President of the SNP.

  • 14 March 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Bath-based travel publisher Wild Things Publishing has won the inaugural British Book Awards Small Press of the Year, announced at the London Book Fair on 13 March 2019. The winner of the Scottish Regional Prize was Charco Press.

  • 13 March 2019
    News, Awards and prizes, Publishers

    The 'Man Booker Dozen' of 13 novels in contention for the £50,000 Man Booker International prize has been announced. Particular congratulations to our member Sandstone Press which has a book on the list: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth.

  • 12 March 2019
    News, International, Publishers

    Scottish publishers marked the beginning of the London Book Fair with the first ever 'Scotland in London' showcase attended by key figures from the book trade and a large cohort of international publishers who have participated in the Publishing Scotland Fellowship over the last four years. At the event Marion Sinclair, CEO of Publishing Scotland, revealed the 10 publishers who have been chosen for the fifth International Fellowship.

  • 7 March 2019
    News, Industry

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the reform of defamation in Scots law. The deadline for submissions is 5 April 2019. Scottish PEN has produced a guide for responding to the reform to help walk people through the process.