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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.

Nibbies Night 2022

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The British Books Awards (or Nibbies) will be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday 23 May 2022 (Nibbies Night) and streamed online. The latter is free to view: see the British Book Awards website.

It’s an exciting night for the book trade and we’ll have our fingers crossed for the Scottish contingent who are shortlisted for the following trade awards:

  • Children’s Bookseller of the Year: The Edinburgh Bookshop
  • Marketing Strategy of the Year: Heather McDaid and Laura Jones at 404 Ink for their Inklings Series Launch
  • Individual Bookseller of the Year: Olivia Kekewich at The Edinburgh Bookshop
  • Designer of the Year: Rafaela Romaya at Canongate
  • The British Book Awards for Export: Canongate
  • Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year: Edinburgh University Press
  • Rights Professional of the Year: Jessica Neale at Canongate
  • Independent Publisher of the Year: Canongate
  • Publisher of the Year: Canongate

For the full shortlists, see The Bookseller British Book Awards shortlists 2022. There’s also a news article by Sian Bayley in The Bookseller 25 March 2022.

The previously announced Small Press Scotland winner – Cranachan Publishing – will also be in contention for overall Small Press winner (and that winner will then compete to be crowned Independent Publisher of the Year).


Two books published by Canongate are shortlisted for Books of the Year:

Open Book session – Gardners and Brexit

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This Open Book session for Publishing Scotland members will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 23 February at 11.30am.

Brexit continues to prove a challenge to publishers across the UK and book suppliers continue to adapt to the changing laws.

Gardners have now opened up a warehouse in France to combat Brexit issues and Nigel Wyman, Gardners’ Sales and Marketing Director, will be telling us about the warehouse and how Gardners plan to work with publishers to ensure they can keep trading with Europe.

If you would like to attend this Open Book session, please get in touch with