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Scottish Books Long Weekend programme launched

17 May 2021

Press Release 17 May 2021

  • Books From Scotland, the Scottish books website run by Publishing Scotland, will be hosting 14 digital events across one weekend in June
  • Features exclusive pre-publication conversation with Man Booker shortlistee Graeme Macrae Burnet on his upcoming book Case Study
  • Also includes YA sensation Estelle Maskame celebrating ten years of writing, Alex Renton exploring his family's legacy in the slave trade, considerations of Scotland's place in the world, and more


Publishing Scotland and Books From Scotland have launched their brand new virtual book weekender, The Scottish Books Long Weekend, which will run digitally from Thursday 10 June to Sunday 13 June 2021.

With the pandemic forcing the cancellation of many book events, and subsequently limiting the opportunities for publishers and authors to promote and showcase their work across 2020, the weekend event is launched as a chance to celebrate some of the brilliant literary work and talent available in Scotland. 

Events include an exclusive pre-publication conversation with Man Booker shortlistee Graeme Macrae Burnet on his new novel Case Study, in which a young woman believes the charismatic psychotherapist at the heart of the tale has driven her sister to suicide, and seeks the truths. YA sensation Estelle Maskame will be in conversation with radio host Edi Stark to mark ten years as a writer, and discuss her new title Becoming Mila. Alex Renton will be in conversation with Lisa Williams, founder of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association, on his family's own legacy within the slave trade, exploring what was is inherited, and how descendants can make reparations for the past. What Next for Scotland at Home and Abroad? considers topics of law and policy, international relations and activism, to assess where Scotland's future lies in a post-Brexit, potentially pre-Indy ref 2 world emerging from the pandemic. 

Elsewhere, the event showcases illustration workshops with Kate Milner (It's A No Money Day), an educational panel on how the pandemic has impacted study and how students can catch up while taking care of their mental health, and looks to crime fiction in Western Scotland, formative high school years with Ely Percy and Kirkland Ciccone, borders and belonging with Kei Miller and Bashabi Fraser, into the alternative Edinburghs seen through fiction, and much more.

The Scottish Books Long Weekend not only offers a spotlight on fantastic authors, but a new opportunity for Scotland's publishers to showcase their hard work, including Sandstone, Luath Press, Monstrous Regiment, and Canongate - who just scooped Independent Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards. 

Taking place across one weekend, the 14 events will be livestreamed for people to revel in the delights that Scottish literature has to offer, all from the comfort of their own home. All the events are free, and tickets can be booked at Ticket Tailor, via 

The full line-up and event information can be found at:



Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive at Publishing Scotland: "With the cancellation of so many book events in 2020 and continuing into this year, we wanted to put our publishers under the spotlight this Spring and early Summer with an event that focused on the wide range of books and ideas emerging from the independent scene. The Scottish Books Long Weekend aims to capture some of the dynamism and diversity of publishing with tasters on fiction, non-fiction, children's books, and working in the industry. Now that the bookshops are open again, we look forward to seeing the current crop of books and writers making their way to new audiences."



Twitter: @PublishScotland, @ScottishBooks



Publishing Scotland is the network, trade and development body for the book publishing sector in Scotland. It represents a wide range of publishers and suppliers - both print and digital. Publishing Scotland acts as the voice and network for publishing, to develop and promote the work of Scotland's publishers both nationally and internationally, to provide support and advice, and to co-ordinate joint initiatives to develop and strengthen the publishing sector in Scotland. Publishing Scotland's programme is supported by Creative Scotland.


Books From Scotland is the largest online collection of Scottish books, and each month curates a digital magazine-style platform to help readers find brilliant new reads. Showcasing the best of Scottish fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's titles, the platform includes links to buy or borrow each title. Books From Scotland champions the very  best of Scottish books, from classics of literature to the best in contemporary Scottish writing, and supports Scottish publishers and authors to find new audiences.


For further details, please contact  Vikki Reilly at

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