Publishers attend roundtable with First Minister and Northern Lights sessions
29 August 2019
On 25 August 2019 First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon chaired an early morning roundtable of Scottish
publishers organised by Creative Scotland before delivering the
keynote speech at the Northern Lights Edinburgh sessions.
In her keynote speech the First Minister said that she strongly
believed 'that having a strong, diverse literary and publishing
scene is essential, for any country. It's also why I think the work
that all of you do - is so hugely important'. She particularly
welcomed the focus on greater diversity saying 'For all its
undoubted strengths, this is an area where we know publishing needs
to do a lot better. It's clear - from a range of evidence - that
the industry is still not as diverse and inclusive as it should be
and as it could be'.
404 Ink, Charco Press,
BHP Comics and International Man Booker winner
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn
Booth) published by Sandstone Press all came
in for praise for embracing diverse voices.
You can read the whole text of the First Minister's speech on
the Scottish Government website. See also Mark
Chandler's article in The Bookseller of 29 August 2019.
Northern Lights is a collaborative project
between the Edinburgh International Book Festival
and Bradford Literature Festival designed to bring
together Northern and Scottish independent publishers. Supported by
Creative Scotland and Arts Council England, this two-part gathering
started at Bradford Literature Festival on Friday 28 June and
culminated at the Edinburgh International Book Festival over the
weekend of the 24 and 25 August. Both gatherings offered
publishers and those involved with publishing the chance to discuss
key issues in the industry and share expertise around developing
inclusive practice and diversifying readership. The Edinburgh
sessions were attended by delegates from all over the world.