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18 September 2021

Members' News




The Association for Scottish Literary Studies - ASLS - reached its fiftieth year in 2020 but celebrations had to be delayed until 2021 when they held a (virtual) celebratory conference on Saturday 5 September 2021. Read more on the ASLS member page.

Itchy Coo / Black and White Publishing are the sponsors of the Scots Schuil o the Year Award at the Scots Language Awards 2021.



Members' books that won at the Gaelic Literature Awards 2021 (organised by the Gaelic Books Council):

Canongate has two books on the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize longlist: Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery by Alex Renton and Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller.

Members' books nominated for Scots Language Awards 2021

  • Scots Book o the Year sponsored by Scottish Book Trust): Duck Feet by Ely Percy (Monstrous Regiment) and Mither Tongue by Jidi Majia (translated from Chinese by Stuart Paterson, Sheena Blackhall, Christine De Luca and Denis Mair) (Vagabond Voices)
  • Scots Bairns Book o the Year sponsored by Scottish Government: The Glasgow Gruffalo's Wean by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, translated by Elaine C. Smith (Itchy Coo); The Itchy Coo Book o Grimms' Fairy Tales in Scots by the Brothers Grimm. Translated from Saviour Pirotta's retellings by various authors, edited by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson, and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark (Itchy Coo); The Laddie, the Mowdie, the Tod and the Cuddie by Charles Mackesy, translated by Matthew Fitt (Luath Press); The Nicht Afore Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, translated by Irene McFarlane and illustrated by Rosemary Cunningham (Tippermuir Books); and The Treisure o Rachlan the Reid   by Hergé, translated by Susan Rennie (Dalen)

Barrington Stoke and Pokey Hat (an imprint of Cranachan Publishing) have titles shortlisted for the 2021 Young Quills shortlist for historical fiction:

A Ghost in the Throat  by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press) is the winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography 2021.

A Ghost in the Throat  by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press) and Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden (Canongate Books) are shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021.  

The April Dead by Alan Parks (Canongate) is shortlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize.

Members books are among the titles awarded Scots Language Publication Grants in August 2021, They are:
  • A Series o Scunnersome Events, Book the First: The Boggin Beginnin by Thomas Clark, illustrated by Brett Helquist - Itchy Coo
  • A Working Class State of Mind by Colin Burnett - Leamington Books
  • Berries Fae Banes by Jim Macintosh - Tippermuir
  • Norlan Lichts by Sheena Blackhall, Sheila Templeton and Lesley Benzie - Rymour Books
  • The Day It Never Got Dark In Dundee by Ian Spring - Rymour Books
  • The Itchy Coo Book o Aesop's Fables in Scots by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark - Itchy Coo