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01 June 2020

Members' News

April 2020



Network Member of the Month  is The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication. The centre was established in 1982, and has since developed a global reputation for its postgraduate degrees in publishing, its research activities, and its industry links. Focusing on book, magazine, journal and digital publishing, the Centre trains the publishers of the future, provides opportunities for those currently working in the industry to reflect on their professional practice, and through its research, critically analyses the past, present and future of publishing. It offers postgraduate degrees in publishing, research, consultancy, knowledge transfer, short courses. For more information, see the University of Stirling website.

On Friday 20 March, The Bookseller announced the shortlists for the British Book Awards (Nibbies) 2020. We're delighted to see members Jenny Brown, Scottish Book Trust and HarperCollins on them:

  • Jenny Brown is shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year
  • Scottish Book Trust is on the shortlist for Marketing Strategy of the Year Award - for Book Week Scotland 2019
  • HarperCollins, its imprints and its books have a slew of shortlistings including Publisher of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year.

Congratulations to Sandstone Press, the Scotland winner of the regional and country round of the British Book Awards Small Press of the Year 2020. The overall winner will be announced on 29 June 2020 along with all the other Nibbies.

BDS celebrates 25 years of service as the foremost supplier of quality metadata to libraries.

Prepress Projects have achieved the Paths for All's Walk at Work Award.

Our distribution service BookSource is celebrating its 25th anniversary.



Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution (Polaris Publishing) is the Wisden Book of the Year 2020. All cricket books published in the previous calendar year and submitted to Wisden for possible review are eligible for this prestigious award.   

Tolkien's Library: An Annotated Checklist by Oronzo Cilli (Luna Press Publishing) has won Best Book at the Tolkien Society Awards 2020.

The Seafood Shack by Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick (to be published by Kitchen Press at the end of 2020) is the winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food and Drink Writers 2020.

The National Galleries of Scotland exhibition title Bridget Riley won the 'Best Exhibition Catalogue' at the Cultural Enterprises Awards on 27 March 2020.

To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek (Canongate Books) is one of the six books shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020 and is also longlisted for the Orwell Political Fiction Book Prize 2020.

The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh, and published by Edinburgh-based Charco Press, is one of the six books shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020.

Lark by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke) is shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020. The winner will be announced on 17 June.

The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley (Saraband) has been shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies prize for nature writing. The winner will be announced in early June.

The Burning Land by George Alagiah (Canongate Books) has been shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award. The winner will be announced on 22 May 2020.

D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke) is shortlisted for The Sheffield Children's Book Award and The James Reckitt Hull Childrens Book Award 2020 (winner will be announced at the end of June). 

Two works published by Luna Press Publishing in Edinburgh have been longlisted for the NOMMO Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans. They are: "Incompleteness Theories" in Incomplete Solutions by Wole Talabi (Best Novella) and "A Million Reasons Why" in Learning Monkey and Crocodile by Nick Wood (Best Short Story).

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace by Olga Wojtas (Saraband) and So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter (HarperCollins) are among the books longlisted in the Published Comedy Novel category of the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020.