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18 June 2019

Members' News

Publishing Scotland Members' news June 2019



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

Many of our publishers (and others in the book industry) featured in Dani Garavelli's three-page spread - Against all odds: The rebirth of Scottish publishing -  in The Scotsman of 25 May 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.



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.


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!

Two books published by members are on the longlist for The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize: The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press) and Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert (Saraband). The shortlist will be announced on 2 July and the winner will be announced on 15 August. 

Crocodile by Daniel Shand (Sandstone Press) is shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2019The winner will be announced on Thursday 13 June 2019.

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley (Sandstone Press) is shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards 2019. The winner will be announced on 17 June 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.

Matate, Amor, a 2012 Argentinian book by Ariana Harwicz, translated from Spanish to English (Die, My Love) to much acclaim by Edinburgh-based Charco Press in 2017 has now been shortlisted for a prestigious prize in its German translation (Stirb Doch, Liebling). The International Literaturpreis 2019 will be announced on 18 June 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.