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Booksellers Association Conference and Gardners Trade Show 2022

The Booksellers Association Conference and Gardners Trade Show is a highlight in the book trade calendar where BA Members come together for two days for business sessions, publisher pitches and exhibits, social events and networking.

Events will begin on Sunday 30 October at 12.15pm with guest author talks and signing sessions, with the Trade Show opening for attendees to network with 50+ publishers. Publishing Scotland will be exhibiting at the trade show, showcasing our member publishers’ key Christmas titles to booksellers from across the country.

After the Trade Show, the Conference activity begins with an exciting line up including afternoon tea with HarperCollins, Skills Labs for booksellers, and a dinner for all conference delegates sponsored by The Independent Alliance. Events continue through the Monday, with a packed schedule for delegates to enjoy. Again, Publishing Scotland will be in attendance to continue networking on behalf of our member publishers.

For more information, visit the BA website.

Open Book Session: Bookspeed

The non-traditional book market is becoming increasingly important for publishers as more retail outlets curate book offers for their customers. Bookspeed is one of the leading wholesalers for the non-traditional book market.


Publishing Scotland will host Jonny Gallant, Publisher Relations Director of Bookspeed, for a hybrid Open Book session on Thursday 29 September at 11.30am at the Publishing Scotland office and online to tell us more about the trends in the non-traditional market as well as sharing tips on the best way to work with Bookspeed.


To book your place, contact Vikki Reilly.

Open Book Session: Scottish Book Trust and Bookbug

Publishing Scotland will be hosting an online series of Open Book sessions with Scottish Book Trust (SBT) specialising in promoting the different opportunities Publishing Scotland member publishers can collaborate with the organisation.

The first of these sessions on Tuesday 6th September at 11.30am will focus on the Bookbug, SBT’s programme for early readers.

To find out more about how to get involved with Bookbug bags and Bookbug sessions, members can sign up for the session by contacting Heather McDaid at

Our Stories, Your Stories – Celebrating Memoirs: Creative Conversations Scottish Author Showcase 2022 with Publishing Scotland

Our Stories, Your Stories – Celebrating Memoirs is a special Creative Conversations event co-hosted by Publishing Scotland and the Creative Writing Programme at University of Glasgow, showcasing the best in new Scottish writing. Themed around memoirs, this year’s event will feature six of Scotland’s best authors who have published work in 2022. The featured authors are:

Cynthia Rogerson (Wah! Things I Never Told My Mother, Sandstone Press)

Carrie Marshall (Carrie Kills a Man, 404 Ink)

Mark Woolhouse (The Year The World Went Mad, Sandstone Press)

Chitra Ramaswamy (Homelands: The History of a Friendship, Canongate)

Trishna Singh (A Silent Voice Speaks, Fledgling Press)

Malachy Tallack (Illuminated by Water, Doubleday)

Held at the historic University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, doors will open at 17:30, with the main event running from 17:45 – 19:30. Each author will give a reading from their work, as well as fielding questions from the event hosts and audience.

The showcase is free with refreshments provided, and there will be an opportunity for mingling after the readings and interviews. Each of the authors’ books will be on sale courtesy of John Smith’s bookshop at University of Glasgow.

Sign up by visiting the Eventbrite page.

The Evolution of Young Adult Literature

This event is part of The Business of Books series at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022.

What are the limits and boundaries of writing difficult themes in books for young adults? Join award-winning young adult authors Juno Dawson and Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé alongside literary agent Davinia Andrew-Lynch and social media consultant Jean Menzies as they delve into this important genre. Chaired by Caroline Carpenter, from the YA Book Prize, our panellists explore the novels that have tackled complex subject matter and discuss how writing for young adults has evolved.

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is appearing remotely.

In partnership with The Bookseller.

Format: In person and online

Fee: Pay what you can

Find out more and book your place by visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

Celebrating Inclusion

This event is part of The Business of Books series at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022.

Frustrated by literature events not being made accessible, disabled writers Julie Farrell and Ever Dundas conceived the Inklusion Guide, a useful resource for event organisers. This event celebrating the launch of their guide is chaired by Sinéad Burke, disability activist and founder of Tilting the Lens. Farrell and Dundas come together with industry figures including Jenny Kumar (Literature Alliance Scotland) and Zaahida Nabagereka (Head of Social Impact at Penguin Random House UK). With a special performance reading from writer and poet Jeda Pearl.

Format: In person and online

Fee: Pay what you can

Find out more and book your place by visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

An Introduction to Writing Children’s Books

Part of The Business of Books series at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022.

Let writer Simon James Green and agent Lindsey Fraser lead you on your journey to writing children’s books. Alongside Caroline Deacon and Onie Tibbitt from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, they help you understand how to narrow your idea down to a genre or reading level; whether your big idea is big enough for young adults or too big for a picture book. Come along to this practical workshop to find where your story fits. Suitable for writers at all stages – there’s no pressure to share your work.

Format: In person

Fee: £16

Find out more and book your place by visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

Call My Agent! The Role of the Literary Agent

Part of The Business of Books series, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022.

What does a literary agent’s day look like? Discover the intricacies of the role with Heather Parry, co-founder of Extra Teeth literary magazine and the Society of Authors’ Senior Policy and Liaison Manager for Scotland. Joined by an impressive line-up of literary agents, Parry chairs a discussion that explores current trends in the book industry, what agents look for in submissions and how they work with writers. Featuring Abi Fellows (The Good Literary Agency), Chloe Seager (Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency), Emma Paterson (Aitken Alexander Associates) and Isobel Dixon (Blake Friedmann Literary Agency).

Format: In person

Fee: Pay what you can

Find out more and book your place by visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

Money Talks: Who Gets What in the Book Trade

For the book trade to thrive, the economics of writing, publishing and selling books have to make sense. For new authors, or those entering the book trade, understanding the economics can be daunting: How does a publisher make a profit? What can an author expect to be paid? How does high street bookselling endure and succeed? Organised by Publishing Scotland in partnership with The Society of Authors, our Money Talks event brings together a panel of experienced book trade professionals to demystify where the money goes from the sale of a book and why.

The Money Talks event will outline the various costs of getting a book into the hands of readers and of sustaining book trade careers. In conversation with Heather ParryKate Gibb (Chief Operating Officer, Canongate Books), Nicola Solomon (Chief Executive, Society of Authors), Jenny Brown (Agent, Jenny Brown Associates), Marie Moser (Owner, The Edinburgh Bookshop), and Davinder Bedi (Managing Director, Booksource) will share their expertise on balancing the books and keeping the trade in good health. Tune in on 31 May and explore the real value of good reading.

Join us on Tuesday, 31 May4.00–5.30 pm for this free online event.

BOOK your place on Ticket Tailor.



Kate Gibb is is the Chair of the Publishing Scotland Board and Chief Operating Officer at Canongate Books.

Nicola Solomon is the Chief Executive of the Society of Authors. A solicitor by trade, she is an expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contracts. She is also a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council. She studied Law at the University of Warwick and is consistently featured in the Bookseller 100 list of the most influential names in the book trade.

Jenny Brown established Jenny Brown Associates literary agency in 2002. She was previously Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, presenter of book programmes for Scottish Television, and Founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (of which she is now a Board member). She is also a former Committee member of the Association of Authors’ Agents and was shortlisted in 2014 and 2020 for the Agent of the Year Award. She is former Chair of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival (2011–21). She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2021.

Marie Moser took over The Edinburgh Bookshop in 2012, bringing with her twenty years of experience in retail sales and marketing.  Over the last decade the bookshop has grown in both size and reputation, developing a particular expertise in Children’s Books.  The Edinburgh Bookshop has won many awards in the last decade, including:-

  • UK Children’s Bookshop of the Year 2014
  • Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2022


Davinder Bedi is the Managing Director of BookSource, the trading arm of Publishing Scotland and a full service international book distributor with over 120 client publishers. He has been part of Scottish Publishing since 1996 and during his time has developed BookSource into what is now a vital service for publishers to be successful in today’s marketplace, especially small publishers. He has a particular interest in sustainability within the book business supply chain and is keen to make BookSource ‘Net Zero’ as soon as possible. Dav studied at Glasgow University and later went back to take an MBA. He sits as a Board Member or Trustee on other charity boards, including Publishing Scotland, and can often be found shouting at Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoons.



Heather Parry is a writer and reader based in Glasgow. Her work has been performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and published in books and magazines including The Stinging Fly and New Writing Scotland 35, and her debut novel, Orpheus Builds a Girl, will be released in October 2022 by Gallic Books. She is the Senior Policy and Liaison Manager (Scotland) for the Society of Authors and has worked within the publishing industry for over a decade as an editor, ghost writer, researcher and consultant.

Funding an apprentice for your business

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This series of free online events for employers will provide information, advice and first-hand accounts of apprenticeships and how they work. The series has been organised by Skills Development Scotland to provide step-by-step advice and practical support to help employers get involved in apprenticeships.

Topics covered will include:

  • funding support
  • learning provision
  • advantages of employing an apprentice
  • Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships
  • insights into changes in the labour market
  • support to improve the gender and ethnicity balance of your workforce


The events are free, last an hour and will run during Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7 to 11 March 2022). Register online for the events you wish to attend:

  1. Apprenticeships work for your business: Monday 7 March 2022 at 10:00
  2. Making Foundation Apprenticeships Work for Employers: Tuesday 8 March at 10:00
  3. Making Modern Apprenticeships Work for Employers: Wednesday 9 March at 10:00
  4. Making Apprenticeships Work for Diversity: Wednesday 9 March at 14:00
  5. Making Graduate Apprenticeships Work for Employers: Thursday 10 March at 10:00
  6. Making Apprenticeships Work in a Changing Labour Market: Thursday 10 March at 14:00