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Scottish Books Showcase: Year of Focus – Germany

Scottish Books International has announced the launch of its new international programme, the Scottish Books Showcase: Year of Focus. The inaugural event will see four Scottish writers travel to Germany to present and promote their work at showcase and networking events.

Chitra Ramaswamy, James Robertson, Lisa Ballantyne, and Sara Sheridan will present and promote their work during two live reading and discussion events in Hamburg (19 June) and Berlin (20 June). They will be joined by Glasgow-based folk trio Assynt who will perform at both events. Three Scottish publishers/agents will also be included in the delegation with a view to networking/selling rights and promoting the work of their companies and writers: Sara Hunt (Saraband), Laura Jones (404 Ink), and Andrea Joyce (Joyce Literary Rights Agency).

The events are organised in conjunction with the Scottish Government Office in Berlin, Germany.

Event details:

Hamburg, 19 June: 17.00 – 21.00, Grüner Jäger, Neuer Pferdemarkt 36, 20359 Hamburg

Berlin, 20 June: 17.00 – 21.00, Haus für Poesie, Knaackstr. 97 (Kulturbrauerei), 10435 Berlin

Find out more about the programme here. For more information, please contact

From left to right: Chitra Ramaswamy, James Robertson, Lisa Ballantyne, and Sara Sheridan

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.