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03 April 2020

Members' News

April 2020



Network Member of the Month  is Mairi Sutherland. Mairi is a freelance editor/proofreader, experienced in managing the editorial process from manuscript through to publication. Sje 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. For more and to contact Mairi, see her Network Member listing.

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.



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.

Seafood Shack by Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick (to be published by Kitchen Press in 2021) is the winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food and Drink Writers 2020.

Lark by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke) is shortlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2020.

One Shot by Tanya Landman (Barrington Stoke) has won the Scottish Book Trust's Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2020.

To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek (Canongate Books) is longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2020.

My Name is Monster by Katie Hale (Canongate Books) is on The Blackwell's Golden Tentacle shortlist.

The Burning Land by George Alagiah (Canongate Books) has been longlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award.

This is our Story by Ian Murray (Luath Press) was announced as the winner of the Best Biography or Memoir by a Parliamentarian at the Parliamentary Book Awards on 26 February 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

The National Galleries of Scotland exhibition title Bridget Riley has been shortlisted for the 'Best Exhibition Catalogue' at the Cultural Enterprises Awards.

The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley (Saraband) has been shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies prize for nature writing.

Luna Press Publishing have 3 titles in the British Science Fiction Association Book Awards longlists: For Your Own Good (in Wourism and Other Stories) by Ian Whates (Best Shorter Fiction), A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Francesca T Barbini (ed) and About Writing by Gareth L Powell (both nominated for Best Non-Fiction). The winners will be announced on 11 April 2020.