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24 August 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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  • 31 July 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Voting is now open to decide the shortlist of the Not the Booker Prize 2019. Books published in Scotland and/or by Scottish writers are well represented on the very long list of nominations. Cast your vote by 23.59 BST on Monday 5 August 2019.

  • 29 July 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Nine new titles in Scots have been awarded Scots Language Publication Grants. The grants are funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Book Trust. The publishers of the successful titles include members: Black & White Publishing, Cranachan Publishing, Curly Tale Books, Luath Press, Scotland Street Press and Stewed Rhubarb.

  • 25 July 2019
    News, Industry

    ROAR (Represent, Object, Advocate, Rewrite) has launched a new website, sharing first research findings that show that gender inequality in the Scottish literary sector is structural and persistent.

  • 24 July 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    This year's longlist (the 'Booker Dozen', of 13 novels), includes Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry published by Edinburgh-based Canongate Books. Books by Margaret Atwood, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo, John Lanchester, Deborah Levy, Valeria Luiselli, Chigozie Obioma, Max Porter, Salman Rushdie, Elif Shafak and Jeanette Winterston are also longlisted.

  • 23 July 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Edinburgh-based Luna Press Publishing is celebrating a handful of shortlistings - Best Independent Press and four book awards - for the 2019 British Fantasy Awards.

  • 9 July 2019
    News, Industry

    The Creative Industries Council (CIC) has launched a Charter designed to drive greater diversity across the UK's creative industries. It has been formally adopted by the Council, which is made up of leading figures across the creative industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film.

  • 5 July 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Many congratulations to publishers Rosie Howie of Hodder Gibson (Glasgow) and Kay Farrell of Sandstone Press (Inverness) (pictured right), and bookseller Mairi Oliver of Lighthouse Books (Edinburgh) who are all named as Bookseller Rising Stars of 2019.

  • 20 June 2019
    News, Awards and prizes

    Six talented writers and six talented illustrators have been shortlisted for the Kelpies Prizes 2019. The winners will be announced at an exclusive award ceremony at Edinburgh International Book Festival this August.

  • 18 June 2019
    News, Industry

    We are delighted to report that, with the help of Resource Efficient Scotland and an SME loan, distributor BookSource (owned by Publishing Scotland) has cut its annual carbon footprint and reduced energy costs by over £16,000.

  • 12 June 2019
    News, Industry

    On 11 June the UK Government's All Party Parliamentary Writers Group (APWG) published Supporting the Writers of Tomorrow - a report following its 2018 Inquiry into Authors' Earnings. The report makes a raft of recommendations to Government based on evidence given to the Inquiry by a wide range of professional working writers, as well as industry bodies.