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15 April 2021

Members' News




John Seaton, Head of Backlist and Inventory at Canongate Books, and industry legend, left publishing on 31 March 2021, after exactly 51 years in publishing. However, John plans to continue in the industry as a mentor, working to increase diversity and providing help with backlist management. Read more in The Bookseller of 31 March 2021.

Congratulations to Canongate Books and its team members who feature on four of the British Book Award Trade shortlists:

  • Marketing Strategy of the Year shortlist: Alice Shortland, Vicki Watson and Alan Trotter for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Rights Professional of the Year: Caroline Clarke
  • Export Sales under £10m: Canongate Books
  • Independent Publisher of the Year: Canongate Books

Congratulations also to member publisher HarperCollins. Its imprints as well as HarperCollins itself feature on several British Book Awards Trade shortlists including:

  • Marketing Strategy of the Year shortlist: Matt Clacher, Lindsay Terrell and Olivia Marsden for The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel (Lindsay used to work at Canongate Books and Publishing Scotland)
  • Academic Publisher of the Year: Collins Learning
  • Export over £10m: HarperCollins
  • Publisher of the Year: HarperCollins.

Congratulations to Charco Press, winner of Small Press of the Year Scotland 2021 at the British Book Awards. Congratulations also to Cranachan Publishing and The Wee Book Company who were Highly Commended. Little Door BooksRymour BooksSandstone Press, and Scotland Street Press were the other Scotland finalists and Saraband was a North England finalist. The overall winner will be announced on 13 May 2021.

Charco Press is to publish simultaneously a limited number of its award-winning titles in English and Spanish language editions in the US and Canada.

Edinburgh University Press has announced the appointment of Nicola Ramsey as Interim CEO to succeed Timothy Wright, who retires this summer.

Heather McDaid of 404 Ink is one of the mentors of the London Book Fair Trailblazer 2021 programme.

Almost a year later than anticipated due to Covid, Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books has announced the shortlists for the delayed Kelpies Prizes for Writing and Illustration 2020. The prizes aim to recognise new Scottish writing and illustration for children. For the full shortlists, see the Kelpies website: Writing shortlist and Illustration shortlist.

25 February 2021 saw the first GRAY DAY, a celebration of the writer and artist Alasdair Gray, on the 40th anniversary of his masterpiece Lanark. To mark it a new hardback edition of  Lanark and editions of other works are being published by Canongate. There will be a special  Gray Day Broadcast on the 25th at 7.30pm (register on Eventbrite).



A Musical Offering by Luis Sagasti, translated by Fionn Petch (Charco Press) is one of the five books shortlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2021.

A Room Made Of Leaves by Kate Grenville (Canongate/Text Publishing) is one of the five books shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2021.

The Secret Life of the Cairngorms by Andy Howard (Sandstone Press) is the winner of the SNPA Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book 2020.

The Nature of Summer by Jim Crumley (Saraband) and The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place by Frank Rennie (Acair Books) have been shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2020.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Canongate Books) is shortlisted in the Audio and Fiction categories of the British Book Awards Book of the Year 2021. It is also one of Richard and Judy's Spring Book Club 2021 picks.

It's a No Money Day by Kate Milner (Barrington Stoke) and I Go Quiet by David Ouimet (Canongate Books) are shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021.

Canongate Books author Matt Haig enjoyed a superb 2020 receiving a Gold award at the Nielsen Bestseller Awards (17 March 2021) for Reasons to Stay Alive and three of his other titles achieving sales of over 250,000:  How to Stop TimeThe Humans and  The Midnight Library - the paperback edition of which is currently a UK #1 bestseller.

Cranachan Publishing's title Tiger Skin Rug by Joan Haig is among The People's Book Prize shortlists.

Saraband book Cottongrass Summer by Roy Dennis was placed fourth and Whittles Publishing book The Ring Ouzel: a View from the North York Moors by Vic Fairbrother & Ken Hutchinson; Jonathan Pomroy (Illustrator), Chris Rollie (Fwd) was placed fifth on the British Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology Best Bird Book of the Year 2020 list.

Luna Press Publishing has three shortlistings in the British Science Fiction Association Awards


Two Barrington Stoke titles are included in Empathy Lab's 2021 Reading for Empathy collection:

A Luath Press title - Ayes & Ears: A Survivor's Guide to Westminster by David Amess - was shortlisted for Best Biography, Memoir or Autobiography by a Parliamentarian in the Parliamentary Book Awards 2020