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03 December 2020


The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland. The most recent news items are  highlighted in the list to the left. For older items, browse through the news pages or search using any one or all of the filters.

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  • 1 December 2020
    News, Industry

    Kate Gibb of Canongate Books has been appointed as chair of Publishing Scotland and Fiona McParland of APS Group Ltd is the new Treasurer. John McPherson of Bright Red Publishing joins the Board and Chani McBain of Floris Books will serve a second term. Kate Gibb takes over from Jamie Crawford who served as chair for four years.

  • 19 November 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Huge congratulations to Scottish writer Douglas Stuart who is the winner of the Booker Prize 2020 with his debut novel Shuggie Bain (published by Picador).

  • 16 November 2020
    News, Industry

    Scottish Book Trust's survey of reading in Scotland over lockdown found that many people read more in all formats including audibooks and ebooks.

  • 13 November 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Many congratulations to the Booksellers Association managing director Meryl Halls who has been named FutureBook's Person of the Year for 2020.

  • 9 November 2020
    News, Industry

    Online bookshop platform has successfully launched in the UK recording good sales in its first week and the participation of many in the book trade from authors to publishers as well as the local, independent bookshops which it was set up to support.

  • 26 October 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Congratulations to all the winners of the Scots Language Awards 2020 especially The Wee Book Company (Scots Business of the Year) and Itchy Coo for Scots Bairns Book o the Year (The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales in Scots).

  • 14 October 2020
    News, Industry, International, Publishers

    Produced by Publishing Scotland to mark the start of the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, Second Nature is an 18-minute documentary film featuring five award-winning writers talking on the subject of nature and nature writing today: Kathleen Jamie, Jim Crumley, Chitra Ramaswamy, Roseanne Watt and Gavin Francis.

  • 12 October 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer (published by Edinburgh-based Barrington Stoke) is the Overall Winner of the Children's Book Award for 2020. It also won the Confident Readers category.

  • 9 October 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Cranachan Publishing, Curly Tale, Dalen Alba, Itchy Coo and Black & White Publishing, and Tippermuir all have books nominated in this year’s awards. Cranachan Publishing is also on the shortlist for Scots Business of the Year along with The Wee Book Company. You can vote for your favourite. The winners will be announced on Saturday 24 October 2020.

  • 8 October 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2020 has been awarded to the American poet Louise Glück "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal". She is published in the UK by Carcanet.