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21 August 2019

Members' News

Publishing Scotland Members' news summer 2019



Luna Press Publishing has been shortlisted for  Best Independent Press at the British Fantasy Awards 2019

Kay Farrell, Assistant Publisher at Sandstone Press (Inverness), and Rosie Howie, Publisher at Hodder Gibson (Glasgow), have been named as Bookseller Rising Stars of 2019

Lucy Juckes of Jenny Brown Associates received a CBE for services to education and literacy in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019.

The tv series based on Scotland from the Sky by James Crawford (Historic Environment Scotland) was nominated for the Royal Television Society Scotland Awards 2019 in the Documentary and Specialist Factual: History category. The winner was announced on 12 June.



Six talented writers have been shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize 2019. The prize is organised by publisher Floris Books. The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

Floris Books author Theresa Breslin received an OBE for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019

Canongate author Lemn Sissay has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize 2019. Canongate Books have published his work for over two decades and will publish his memoir, My Name is Why, on 29 August 2019.



Six talented illustrators have been shortlisted for the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019. The prize is organised by publisher Floris Books. The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.


The Booker Prize longlist (the 'Booker Dozen', of 13 novels) includes Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry published by Canongate Books

As the Women Lay Dreaming by Donald S Murray (Saraband) has been longlisted for the HWA Debut Crown best debut historical novel 2019

Luna Press Publishing has three books shortlisted for four British Fantasy Awards 2019: Marian Womack - Lost Objects  (Best Newcomer and Best Collection); The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction - ed. Francesca T Barbini (Best Non-Fiction); and The Prisoner - Robert S Malan and John Cockshaw (Best Comic/Graphic Novel).

The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) has been shortlisted for The Wainwright Golden Beer Book PrizeGhost Trees by Bob Gilbert (Saraband) was longlisted. The winner will be announced on 15 August. 

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman (Canongate Books) is on the McIlvanney Prize (Scottish Crime Book of the Year) longlist. This year also sees a new prize for debut authors and there are five books on the shortlist including The Peat Dead by Allan Martin (Thunderpoint Publishing). 

Hings by Chris McQueer (404 Ink) won the Outstanding Literature category of the Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2019. Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Aisha Jassat (404 Ink) and As the Women Lay Dreaming by Donald S Murray (Saraband) were shortlisted.

Two Scottish publishers have received English PEN Awards in the recently announced Spring Awards 2019. Scotland Street Press will publish a translation of the Belarusian book Alinarka's Children by Alhierd Bacharevic. Charco Press got awards for translations of three Spanish language books: Theatre of War by Andrea Jeftanovic (Chile), Loop  by Brenda Lozano (Mexico) and Holiday Heart by Margarita Garcia Robayo (Colombia). Full details are on the English PEN website.

Each year, the David Hume Institute (DHI) publishes a Summer Reading List for the Scottish First Minister. It is intended as a fresh way to stimulate debate about the state of the nation and brings together some of the best writing from Scotland and beyond. This year's list includes Where are the Women? by Sara Sheridan (Historic Environment Scotland). See the DHI website for more about the books on the list and how they earned their place.

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth from Arabic and published by our member Sandstone Press has been announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019. Huge congratulations to all!

Crocodile by Daniel Shand (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2019

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley (Sandstone Press) was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards 2019.

Two books published by Barrington Stoke have been shortlisted for  the Historical Association's Young Quills Awards 2019Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson (11 to 13 year olds category) and Firebird by Elizabeth Wein (14 years and upwards category).

An Unexplained Death by Mikita Brottman (Canongate Books) is longlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2019.

Stories from Chris McQueer's bestselling collection Hings (404 Ink) have been adapted for the BBC, and are available on iPlayer now.



Canongate has partnered with the Nan Shepherd Estate and the University of Aberdeen to launch a competition to find the next big voice in nature writing, from communities underrepresented in the genre. The closing date for submissions is 10 September 2019. See the Nan Shepherd Prize website.