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Birlinn

Birlinn Ltd is an independent publishing house based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company is built on traditions of the written and spoken word and is constantly looking to the future.

Established by Hugh Andrew (2022 recipient of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Shackleton Medal for leadership and citizenship in publishing) Birlinn publishes books under a number of imprints: Birlinn; Polygon; Arena Sport; BC Books; Origin and John Donald.

The long-standing aim of Birlinn Ltd is to create an inclusive staff team and nurture writers and illustrators who together reflect the diversity and stories of our nation and the audience who will read them. Whilst we sit at the heart of cultural life in Scotland, our authors are known far beyond, and we are proud of what we have achieved together globally since we started out in 1992.

 

Authors

Bestselling authors include Alexander McCall Smith, Rosemary Goring, Alan Taylor, Denzil Meyrick, Stuart Cosgrove, Jan Philip-Sendker, Muriel Spark, Liz Lochhead, Roseanne Watt, Norman MacCaig, Denise Mina, Jenni Fagan, Sorley Maclean and Edwin Morgan.

 

Books

Books which have had most success in terms of international rights to date have been:

FICTION: The Girl From the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat; Rizzio by Denise Mina; Hex by Jenni Fagan; It Takes One to Know One by Isla Dewar

CRIME: The Rebecca Connolly Mysteries by Douglas Skelton; The Goldenacre by Philip Miller; The Devil’s Blaze by Robert J Harris; Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland; Six Wounds by Morgan Cry

HISTORY / ENVIRONMENT: Vienna by Angus Robertson; The Salt Roads by John Goodlad; Northern Lights by Edward J Cowan; The Two Headed Whale by Sandy Winterbottom; Native by Patrick Laurie; A Scurry of Squirrels by Polly Pullar

POP CULTURE: And In The End by Ken McNab; Cassius X by Stuart Cosgrove

DRINK: Whiskypedia by Charles Maclean; Pocket Guide to Whisky by Blair Bowman and Nikki Graeme

CHILDREN’S: Bear’s Adventure and Little House by the Sea by Benedict Blathwayt

 

Established: 1992

Types of books published: We cover genre and subject from fiction and poetry to local, national and international history, biography, literary non-fiction, nature and environment, academic, children’s, sport, music and much, much more.

Submission details: birlinn.co.uk/submissions

Fieldsports Press

Fieldsports Press are a specialist independent publisher producing country pursuits related periodicals and books.

Edinburgh-based couple Simon and Selena Barr established Fieldsports Press in 2018 after they acquired Fieldsports from BPG Media. Having worked on rival magazines for the past decade, the pair set about overhauling the look and feel of the 15-year old title. In 2019, a new title called Gundog Journal was launched for anyone who works, owns or simply has an interest in working gundog breeds. Following unprecedented demand in its first three issues, the start-up title moved from quarterly to bi-monthly in November 2019, after just eight months.

In 2022, Fieldsports Press acquired five more titles from Archant – Sporting ShooterRifle ShooterClay ShooterAirgun World and Air Gunner. As well as publishing special interest publications, the team also produce books, show guides and brochures for events and shows. 

In a sector where every special interest title was owned by one of the behemoth publishers that focused on saving costs by reducing pagination and paper quality as well as lowering editorial budgets – Fieldsports Press has invested heavily believing there was a vacuum for high quality publications that surpassed anything currently on the market.

Studies in Photography

About

Studies in Photography is the trading name of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. It is developing two complementary book series in partnership with Edinburgh University Press.

 

Visual Arts and Culture: Thematic Studies

The first series of publications is created under the rubric Visual Arts and Culture: Thematic Studies. This series extends the interest in photographic practice to include events wherein photography has been appointed to document complex conceptual projects. In respect of this mission two extant publications explore critical cultural and political themes. One, titled Strategy: Get Arts: 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules, examines the formation and ramifications of the landmark exhibition held at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1970. While the crucial subject of the environment is explored in Surveying the Anthropocene: Environment and Photography Now. In each publication, authoritative text adds analytical perspective to the photographs.

Future titles in this series will include:

  • The photographic record of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s ‘Little Sparta’ by Robin Gillanders,
  • The employment of photography in the working method of the conceptual artist Douglas Gordon’s ‘Black Burns’ sculpture, and
  • The Fishermen and Women’ of Hill & Adamson by Sara Stevenson.

 

Scottish Photographic Artists

The second series of publications, Scottish Photographic Artists, will focus upon eminent photographers who have gained an international reputation through exhibitions, awards, and publications. These artist photographers will be afforded a monographic study that will explore their work in depth, while showcasing the variety and inventiveness of their art.

The books in this series have a sympathetic format and design. Dr Sara Stevenson, the past curator of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland, will introduce each photographer. Further writings will include a reflective essay, by the artist, on the development and content of their creative practice. This review will be accompanied by critical insights from academics, curators and gallerists that will provide a platform of interpretation and analysis. Each book will be fully illustrated with a ‘gallery’ of the artist’s finest images.

The first book in this series will consider the exquisite cyanotypes of Alexander Hamilton (Chair of Studies in Photography) who will subsequently act as Series Editor. Further publications will reflect upon the photographs of acclaimed photographers including David Williams, Robin Gillanders and Jane Brettle, and others.

All books are richly illustrated and beautifully bound in hard cover format. They are also available in companion e-format.

This is an exciting development in publishing. It will demonstrate the relevance of Scottish art within an international context, while recognising the means by which photography continues to have a critical determination in the contemporary world.

 

Journals

Studies in Photography is internationally recognised for its journals, with member subscribers from leading UK, US, and European photographic centres and public and private-sector research libraries.

The journal’s relationship with the National Galleries of Scotland is the cornerstone of a program, that supports the delivery of lectures, exhibitions, and other public engagement with photography in Scotland and abroad.

Our journals, which have been in publication for forty years are unique in offering an understanding of the history of photography and the emerging new voices that our shaping the future of photography. We now hold, within our archive, over three hundred articles created by leading academics and writers.

A recent development has been the publication of journals in association with other organisations, this includes Leaves in partnership with Astley Ainslie Community Trust and the publication of conference papers in association with the National Trust for Scotland.

Golden Hare Publishing

The publishing division of Golden Hare Books, Golden Hare Publishing works on a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s.

Notable publications include:

  • The Meadows by Robin Leanse, a 101 sonnet sequence
  • a new edition of Hugh Walpole’s The Cathedral
  • the children’s title The Piper and the Penguin by Stella Powell-Jones and Katie Riddell.

Portobello Literary

Portobello Literary are a literary agency based in Edinburgh, representing excellent writing from Scotland and beyond in adult fiction and non-fiction. We handle UK and international rights for our clients and regularly attend international book fairs. Our clients include Polly Atkin, Fiona Black, Gill Booles, Russell Jones, Andrés N. Ordorica, Wendy Pratt and Christina Riley. Our website includes resources for aspiring writers seeking publication.

Portobello Literary was founded by Caro Clarke who has over ten years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and most recently at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Lianne Walker

Lianne Walker is a Scottish Audiobook Narrator working with both fiction and non-fiction books. There is so much great writing in Scotland that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. I work with authors and publishers to give voice to these great stories.

Banner of Truth Trust

The Banner of Truth Trust is an Evangelical and Reformed non-profit publishing house, structured as a charitable trust and founded in London in 1957 by Iain Murray, Sidney Norton and Jack Cullum. Its offices are now in Edinburgh.

We publish books that were written from the time of the reformation right through to the modern day.

 

Mairi Sutherland

A freelance editor/proofreader, experienced in managing the editorial process from manuscript through to publication. I work on a wide range of publications: schoolbooks (mainly primary/secondary mathematics); academic books (mainly astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, history); general trade books, including highly illustrated books; corporate publications.

Clients include Atlantic Books, Birlinn, Cambridge University Press, Historic Environment Scotland, Octopus, Oxford University Press, Quercus.

Work ranges from copy-editing to project management, including: briefing and managing other freelance editors, proofreaders, picture researchers and indexers; substantive editing; on-screen copy-editing; proofreading; liaising with authors, designers and outside agencies.

Saltire Society

The Saltire Society seeks to encourage everything that might improve the quality of life in Scotland. It works to preserve all that is best in Scottish traditions and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life. It acts as a catalyst, celebrant and commentator through an annual programme of awards, lectures, debates and projects. Founded in 1936 is a non-political independent charity with membership branches throughout Scotland.

Membership of the Saltire Society is open to all individuals and organisations who support the aims of the Society.

Raspberry Creative Type

Raspberry Creative Type offers cover design and typesetting services. This involves the internal and external design of books and all promotional material from concept through to final print-ready artwork, including creating e-books.

Heather has over 12 years experience in publishing, working in a variety of sectors and can therefore offer a bespoke package to suit your requirements. Her client base includes major UK publishers and self publishers.

Raspberry Creative Type is also involved in the project management of books organizing editors, proof readers, picture research, photographers and printers.

Heather has experience in many packages ie InDesign CS5.5, Photoshop CS5.5, Illustrator CS5.5, xml into InDesign, Acrobat, e-book software.

The subject range of books that Raspberry Creative Type has typeset and covers designed for include:
• photobooks • reference • education • fiction • workbooks • catalogues • thesauruses • artbooks • dictionaries • journals • foreign languages • plays • crosswords.

Raspberry Creative Type also has extensive experience in the graphic design of:
• logos and letterheads • advertising • annual reports • brochures • posters • magazines.

To see examples of Raspberry Creative Type’s work please visit the Raspberry Creative Type website