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Publishing Scotland news round up 2016

20 December 2016

It's been a very busy year for our members and for us. We've listed some of the highlights below.

ANNUAL REPORT 2015 to 2016

Our latest annual report actually covers a bit more than a year running from April 2015 to October 2016. See the PDF on our website.


  • Four new publisher members - Cranachan Publishing, Quality Chess, Scotland Street Press and Swan & Horn - and two new network members - Helen Bleck Editorial Services and Educational Editing - joined Publishing Scotland in 2016.
  • Floris Books is the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2016. Floris Books is Scotland's largest children's publisher. They've had a stellar year; their staff has expanded to 15 and their sales and international rights deals have risen concomitantly.
  • Black & White Publishing, National Galleries Scotland Publishing and previous winner Saraband were the other members shortlisted for the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2016.
  • Leah McDowell is the Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2016 sponsored by Publishing Scotland and the Society of Young Publishers Scotland.
  • Members Keara Donnachie (Sandstone Press Limited) and Robbie Guillory and Laura Waddell (Freight Books) were also shortlisted for the Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2016.
  • Prepress Projects achieved Investors in People Gold accreditation and also, for the first time, received the Investors in Young People Good Practice Award.
  • Black & White Publishing's Press Officer Laura Nicol was shortlisted for the Publishers' Publicity Circle (PPC) Best Newcomer of the Year 2016.
  • Bright Red Publishing was shortlisted for Education Publisher of the Year at the IPG Independent Publisher Awards 2016 and Independent Academic, Educational and Profressional Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Their Publishing Manager Rosie Howie received a prestigious Print Futures Award.
  • Fiona Brownlee of Brownlee Donald Associates and Rafaela Romaya, Canongate's Art Director, were included in the list of The Bookseller's Rising Stars 2016.
  • Canongate's Publicity Manager Jaz Lacey-Campbell won the PPC Award for Hardback Non-Fiction campaign for her work on Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive. Jaz was also shortlisted for this campaign in the Publicity Campaign of the Year category of the British Book Industry Awards 2016.
  • Adrian Searle, MD of Freight Books, was a Frankfurt Fellow 2016.


This was a bumper year for awards and listings. This selection includes the books that won awards and some of those that were listed.


His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Saraband) won the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year 2016 and was one of the six titles shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

A Petrol Scented Spring by Ajay Close (Sandstone Press) was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2016.

The Honours by Tim Clare and Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh (both Canongate Books) were longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (Canongate Books) was shortlisted for the 2016 James Tait Black Prize and the Irish Book Awards Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2016. It won the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015.

The First Bad Man by Miranda July (Canongate Books) was shortlisted for the 2016 James Tait Black Prize.

Treats by Lara Williams (Freight Books) was shortlisted for Best Short Story Collection in the Saboteur Awards 2016.

Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews (Freight Books) was runner-up in the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2016.

Dirt Road by James Kelman (Canongate Books) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year.

An Làmh a Bheir by Seonaidh Charity (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the Donald Meek Prize 2016.



The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Canongate Books) won The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize 2016. It was also shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Best Jacket/Cover Design in the British Book Design and Production Awards.

Expecting by Chitra Ramaswamy (Saraband) was joint winner of the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2016.

Plants from the Woods and Forest of Chile (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) was shortlisted for a British Book Design and Production Award 2016 in the Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books shortlist category.

The Caveman by Jorn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press) won the Petrona Award for the best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

The Gathering Tide by Karen Lloyd (Saraband) won The Striding Edge prize (a Lakeland Book Award) and was runner up for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award 2016.

Reasons to Stay Alive also by Matt Haig was shortlisted for Non-fiction Book of the Year (Canongate Books) in the British Book Industry Awards 2016.

The Round: In Bob Graham's Footsteps by Steve Chilton (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award.

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant (Canongate) was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016.

Out There: A Voice from the Wild by Chris Townsend (Sandstone Press) took the Best Book Award at the annual Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Best Book Award 2016.

Fallen Glory by James Crawford (Old Street Publishing) was shortlisted for a Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award shortlist. James is Publishing and Research Grants Operational Manager- Commercial and Tourism at Historic Environment Scotland.

Castles in the Mist by Robin Noble (Saraband), Oil Strike North Sea by Mike Shepherd (Luath Press); and St Kilda: The Last and Outmost Isle by Angela Gannon and George Geddes (Historic Environment Scotland) were all shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year Award. St Kilda was also highly commended at the British Archaeological Awards 2016.

Young Adult and Children's

Ross MacKenzie won the Younger Readers (8-11) category in the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2016 for his novel The Nowhere Emporium (Floris Books). The book also won the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story 2016.

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame (Black & White Publishing) was shortlisted in the Young Adult Romantic Novel category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion by David MacPhail and Richard Morgan (Floris Books) was shortlisted for Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds in the Lollies Book Awards 2016.

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig (Canongate Books) was shortlisted for Children's Book of the Year in the British Book Industry Awards 2016.


An Leabhar Liath by Peter Mackay & John S MacPherson (Luath Press) won the Donald Meek Award 2016.

Tonguit by Harry Giles (Freight Books) was shortlisted for The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2016 

Crotal Ruadh by Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones (Acair) was shortlisted for the Donald Meek Prize 2016.

Gu Leòr / Galore by Pàdraig MacAoidh / Peter Mackay (Acair Ltd) and This Far Back Everything Shimmers by Vicki Husband (Vagabond Voices) were on the Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award shortlist.


We welcomed new Book Marketing Manager Gill Tasker in April having said farewell to her predecessor Lindsay Terrell (now at Penguin Random House) in March. Our Chief Executive Marion Sinclair was named as one of The Bookseller's 100 most influential figures in the UK book trade. Marion also tok part in a sleepout to raise funds to build homes for the homeless.

Here are some of the things that Publishing Scotland worked on in 2016

  • We held our Scottish Book Trade Conference with the Booksellers Association in Edinburgh on 25 February. It was followed by a trade reception for publishers and booksellers.
  • London Book Fair 12 to 14 April - We hosted the Books from Scotland stand for our members at Olympia in 2016.
  • We held several Open Book and other trade events for members including a session on export, a  visit to wholesaler Bookspeed, Pitching to Festivals and Getting the most of out of the EIBF bookshops.
  • We hosted a Coding for Publishers day with Emma Barnes and her Bibliocloud colleagues in June.
  • Our members were able to pitch books to tv producers from the BBC and STV at pitching sessions we organised.
  • Many of our members had books for sale in the bookshops (13 to 29 August) and we hosted an event Celebrating our buildings book by book (23 August) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
  • Our second International Publishing Fellowship took place 22 to 28 August with a group of 10 publishers from across Europe, the US and Canada.
  • In September we facilitated a Libraries Roadshow for publishers and librarians at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow in partnership with the Reading Agency (sponsored by Bertram Library Services).
  • Lots of Scottish writers were translated from English to another language with the assistance of grants from the Translation Fund that we administer and in partnership with Cove Park we brought two translators for a residency at Cove Park.
  • There were two rounds of our Go-See Fund (for attending book fairs for the first time) and one round of the Go-Digital Fund (supporting digital training and projects).
  • Our second collaborative event with the Association for Cultural Enterprises took place at the City Art Centre in  September.
  • We hosted the Books from Scotland stand with 12 members exhibiting in Hall 6 at the Frankfurt Book Fair 19 to 23 October.
  • This year Book Week Scotland the annual week-long celebration of books and reading ran from Monday 21 until Sunday 27 November. Publishing Scotland organised a Design by the Book exhibition for it and also partnered with SLIC to run a cover design competition for children.
  • We held our AGM on 22 November and produced an annual report covering the period April 2015 to October 2016.
  • We ran 15 public and in-house training courses covering many aspects of publishing including a workshop on coding as well as our regular editorial and web writing courses.