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05 December 2021

Members' News




Scotland's National Book Awards 2021 winnersCanongate Books won Publisher of the Year and Charco Press was highly commended. Two publishers shared the Emerging Publisher of the Year: Ceris Jones, Campaigns Manager, Sandstone Press, and Jamie Norman, Campaigns Executive, Canongate Books. The Book Cover of the Year was won by Pablo Font for Fate by Jorge Consiglio (Charco Press).

Ishbel Murray is to be the new Chair of the Gaelic Books Council. Ishbel is well known as a teacher and as a visual artist. For the full announcement of 5 November 2021, see the Gaelic Books Council website

Scottish Book Trust has launched a major fundraising campaign, backed by The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, to drive its new ambition of ensuring everyone in Scotland has access to books and that no one misses out on the many lifelong benefits this brings. 

Canongate author Matt Haig has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in recognition of his services to literacy, mental health and wellbeing.

Vic Fairbrother and Ken Hutchinson - authors of The Ring Ouzel: A view from the North York Moors (published by Whittles Publishing) - have been honoured with the prestigious Marsh Award for Local Ornithology

Luna Press Publishing won Best Independent Press at the British Fantasy Awards 2021. 

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.



Scotland's National Book Awards winners 2021.  Ely Percy, Duck Feet  (Monstrous Regiment Publishing Ltd) won both Scottish Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year. Ian Armit & Lindsey Buster, Darkness Visible: The Sculptor's Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland) won Research Book of the Year.

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, winner of The Man Booker International 2019 in its English translation (Sandstone Press), has been awarded the 2021 Prix de La Littérature Arabe in its French translation.

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden (Canongate) is shortlisted for Bad Form's Book of the Year 2021

The following books published by members are all longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2021: An Seachdamh Tonn | The Seventh Wave by Sandaidh NicDhòmhnaill Jones (Gaelic poetry, Acair); Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini (Autofiction, Canongate); In a Veil of Mist by Donald S. Murray (Fiction, Saraband); Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn (Non-fiction, William Collins); and Slaves and Highlanders: Silenced Histories of Scotland and the Caribbean by David Alston (Non-fiction, Edinburgh University Press). The shortlist will be announced in March 2022.

The Infinite by Patience Agbabi (Canongate Books) and Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook (Ink Road/Black & White Publishing) are shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2022. The winner is chosen entirely by teenagers across Scotland who can vote for their favourite until 25 March 2022.

The Glasgow Gruffalo's Wean, by Elaine C. Smith (Itchy Coo/Black & White Publishing) won Scots Bairns Book o the Year sponsored by Scottish Government at the Scots Language Awards 2021.

Two books published by Polaris Publishing were winners at the Telegraph Sports Books of the Year awards 2021Exe Men by Robert Kitson (Rugby Sports Book of the Year Award 2021) and Chasing a Rugby Dream: Kick Off by James Hook with David Brayley (Children's Sports Book of the Year Award 2021). 

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