Issue 98 | July 2021
Scottish Publishing Industry News
Hello

It's been lovely seeing people out enjoying the warm, sunny days, and for many that's meant finding a sunny or shady spot to read a good book. Looking ahead, August in Edinburgh is peak festival season, so whatever the weather there is a lot to look forward to including some in person events! If you can't manage along in person, lots of events are hybrid or online.

We hope you enjoy our summer round up of publishing and book news, festivals and jobs.

Joan

Joan Lyle, Training and Information Manager
Book people news
BLACK & WHITE PUBLISHING
Independent publisher Black & White Publishing has been bought by Bonnier Books. Black & White Publishing will remain in Edinburgh, run as a standalone imprint of Bonnier Books UK, and continue to be led by MD Campbell Brown and Publishing Director Alison McBride. For the full story, see Heloise Wood in The Bookseller 27 July 2021.

IAN RANKIN
The Scottish crime writer is the recipient of this year's Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.

JENNY BROWN
Many congratulations to Jenny Brown of Jenny Brown Associates who has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In her video accompanying the announcement, Jenny mentioned that she is particularly thrilled as only a handful of literary agents have been elected and also there are relatively few Fellows from Scotland.

SUPER POWER AGENCY
Literacy workshop and publisher the Super Power Agency are the winners of The Isobel Award 2021. The award champions those who have overcome adversity to make a positive contribution to their community.

HELEN SEDGWICK
Writer Helen Sedgwick has been appointed as the 2021 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

AMINA SHAH
The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has appointed Amina Shah as its new Chief Executive and National Librarian. Amina will join the Library on 4 October 2021 from the University of St Andrews Libraries and Museums and was previously Director of Programme at the Scottish Book Trust. The current National Librarian, Dr John Scally, retires on 1 October.

JENNY NIVEN
Jenny Niven has been appointed as the new Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) and will begin her three-year term in the role from the beginning of August 2021. Jenny takes over from Peggy Hughes who has been in the role since May 2017.

RISING STARS
Nyla Ahmad (Scottish Book Trust) and Jo Dingley (Canongate Books) have been named as Rising Stars in The Bookseller's 2021 list. Sasha de Buyl (now at Cúirt after many years working in the Scottish book world) is also on the list.

KATALINA WATT
Katalina Watt is the new Literature Officer at Creative Scotland. Katalina previously worked in Audio and Digital for Canongate Books.

CANONGATE BOOKS
Three staff have been promoted: Alice Shortland to Marketing Director, Lucy Zhou to Senior Publicity Manager, and Katie Huckstep to Publicity Executive. There are also several new starts in July and August: Melissa Tombere started as Editorial and Rights Assistant in July and Caitriona Horne will join as Deputy Marketing Director in late July. New Campaigns and Sales Assistant Olivia-Savannah Roach starts in August, and Martin Brown will be joining as Severn House Brand Manager - relocating from Ingram US back home to Scotland. See Ruth Comerford in The Bookseller.
Former Marketing Director Vicki Watson took up a newly created position – Deputy Marketing Director - at HarperCollins imprint HQ in June. See Sian Bayley in The Bookseller.

CATRIONA COX
Catriona Cox will join Aberdeen Performing Arts as the new Granite Noir programmer. Catriona has an extensive background in publishing and festivals and is Events Officer and Administrator at The Saltire Society. Granite Noir - Aberdeen’s International Crime Writing Festival - is scheduled to return in February 2022. See Danica Ollerova in The Press and Journal.

BOOKSOURCE
The Glasgow-based distributor BookSource has recently completed a trifecta of significant new business. In the last few weeks they have signed up: G2 Entertainment (one of the country's leading publishers of sports and special interest books), MMS (children's publishing sales agency) and Maverick (children's books publisher). Publishing Scotland is the majority owner of BookSource with the remainder of the shares being held by five client publishers.
Mike Miller
Mike Miller publisher
We are immensely sad to learn that friend and former colleague Mike Miller has passed away.
Mike Miller began his career in publishing in 1972. He was Managing Director and then Chairman of Blackie until 1992, when he became the Publisher at Geddes and Grosset, alongside Ron Grosset.

Mike was also one of the founding directors of our book distribution company, BookSource, (established in 1995) as well as a client publisher through Geddes and Grosset and latterly Waverley. He was appointed Chairman of BookSource in 2002 and retired in 2013.

He was an immense support and a great friend to not only BookSource but to the industry in general: generous with advice and support, serving as a committee member of the (UK) Publishers Association and the Book Development Council, Chairman of BookTrust Scotland, and two terms as Chair of Publishing Scotland (under its previous name, the Scottish Publishers Association).
Scotland's National Book Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 nominations open
This Saltire Society National Book Award is for individuals who have made and are making a lasting impact and are imbedded in the literary culture of Scotland. The inaugural winner was Alasdair Gray (photo on right by Peter McNally).

There is no limit to the number of separate nominations you can make but make sure you do so by Thursday 26 August 2021. For full details and to nominate, see the Saltire Society website.
The Business of Books
The Business of Books is the Edinburgh International Book Festival's programme of free events dedicated to all those interested in the business of the book world. The Scottish Publisher Showcase is a hybrid event and the others are online only:

Hachette Edinburgh hub
Hachette
Hachette has announced that its new Edinburgh office will open in September. It will be led by publisher Rosie Howie of Hodder Education which is relocating from Glasgow. The Edinburgh office (address to be announced when lease finalised) is the largest of the five new national offices with 23 staff. The other offices are Bristol and Manchester (July), Newcastle (August) and Sheffield (September). For more on this story, see Caroline Carpenter's article in The Bookseller of 23 July 2021. In a tweet of 23 July, Hachette's Katie Espiner, said they were actively recruiting into roles that can be based out of any of their offices.
Books from Scotland - Summer Reading
Selection of books from Scotland 2021
The schools are out and it's holiday time. And when we think of holidays, we think of holiday reading. If you're having trouble deciding what books to pack, then let the Summer Reading Issue from BooksfromScotland recommend the latest in brilliant Scottish fiction, crime, children's books, poetry and memoir. Some of them pictured here on the right and on our banner. You might need a bigger suitcase!
Bookshop news
Bookseller Association
Membership of the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland has risen to over 1000 from 875 pre-pandemic. See The Bookseller of 28 July 2021.
New bookshops that have come to our attention recently are Mount Florida Books in Glasgow and Rare Birds Books in Edinburgh. There's also a café/bookshop due to open in Inverleith Row in Edinburgh (former Colin Campbell sports shop) at the end of the summer.

And if you are in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, its bookshop will be located in the old Fire Station building on Lauriston Place. The festival's online bookshop is open all year round.
Book prizes, awards and listings
No Scottish writers or publishers in the just announced Booker longlist but they do feature in a good variety of other current awards.

INDIE BOOK AWARD 2021 WINNERS
My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay (Canongate) is the Non-Fiction Indie Book Award 2021 winner. The winners are chosen by independent booksellers and were announced during Indie Book Week last month.

BRITISH FANTASY AWARDS SHORTLISTS 2021
Luna Press Publishing is shortlisted for Best Independent Press and its Ties that Bind: Love in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T Barbini is shortlisted in the Best Non-Fiction category of the 2021 British Fantasy Awards.

WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2021 LONGLIST
Skylarks with Rosie by Stephen Moss (Saraband) and Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh (Canongate Books) have been longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2021.
  
GORDON BURN PRIZE 2021 LONGLIST
A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press), A River Called Time by Courttia Newland and Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden (both Canongate Books) are longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021
 
MCILVANNEY PRIZE 2021 LONGLIST
Three members have books longlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize:
For the full longlist, see the Bloody Scotland website.

SCOTTISH CRIME DEBUT 2021 SHORTLIST
Alistair Liddle's self published novel and three of the books on this year’s McIlvanney Prize longlist form the shortlist for this year’s Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year. They are:

NOMMO AWARDS 2021 LONGLIST
Club Ded by Nikhil Singh (Luna Press Publishing) is longlisted in the novel category of these awards run by the African Speculative Fiction Society.

Book festivals and events
All going well, we have some in person events to look forward to in August and later in the year as well as the opportunity to watch or catch later online. Two of the festivals will be visited by Storm the 10 metre tall goddess of the Sea (Fringe by the Sea 15 August and Nairn Festival of Book and Arts 12 September).

ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL: 28 JULY AND 3 AUGUST
Filmed events were spread out over late spring and summer this year rather than taking in place in May. Ambrose Parry features on 28 July and Donald S Murray on 4 August. For details and to buy tickets, see the Ullapool Book Festival website.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE: 6 TO 30 AUGUST
The Fringe always has a variety of storytelling, spoken word, theatre and other bookish events. See the Fringe website.

FRINGE BY THE SEA (NORTH BERWICK): 6 TO 15 AUGUST
Plenty to look forward here at the seaside including a Beano event, David Keenan, Brian Taylor's Blether with Denise Mina, Maggie O'Farrell, and Lemn Sissay. Lots of good music and other events too. See the Fringe by the Sea website.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL: 14 TO 30 AUGUST
Hundreds of the world’s best writers and thinkers will take part in live conversations this August, including events with Nobel Prize winners Amartya Sen and Kazuo Ishiguro, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Booker Prize winners Salman Rushdie, Bernardine Evaristo, Richard Flanagan and Scotland's own Douglas Stuart (with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) and many more. The festival will have hybrid events at Edinburgh College of Art (tickets on sale now) as well as online only events. See the festival website.

BIG LIT (GATEHOUSE OF FLEET): 19 TO 22 AUGUST
BIG LIT was due to celebrate its 10th Anniversary last year but Covid intervened so BIG LIT 2021 really is their 10th anniversary LIVE. Join them in this special year for all things literary - a digital programme, launches, book talks, an exhibition, history, biography, poetry, jazz, workshop, politics, music and a programme for young people. See the Big Lit website.

BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 28 AND 29 AUGUST
Early bird tickets are on sale now for this annual weekend-long event. The programme will include events with Lady Anne Glenconner, Allan Little, Jim Naughtie, Jonathan Powell, Sarah Helm, William Dalrymple, Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes. See the Beyond Borders website for updates.

THREE LOCHS BOOK AND ARTS FESTIVAL (STRONTIAN): 28 AND 29 AUGUST
This bi-annual celebration of arts and literature takes place in the picturesque West Highlands of Scotland. In 2021 you can look forward to Crime, Coast and Comedy with Abir Mukherjee, Hannah Rarity, Mark Bridgeman, Alasdair Whyte, Hannah Kelly, Andrew MacKillop, Mark Avery, Colin Skeath, Ilona Munro, Sylvia Hehir, Annabel Lawrence, Sarah Davies, and more. See the Three Lochs website.

NAIRN BOOK AND ARTS FESTIVAL: 4 TO 12 SEPTEMBER
The festival opens on 4 September with an environmentally-themed ‘creative takeover’ of Nairn High Street. And the theme of being 'Close to Nature' is present throughout the festival. Highlights include several critically acclaimed authors, pop-up art exhibitions, beautiful folk music, and otherworldly dance performances. See the Nairn Book and Arts Festival website.

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL: 23 SEPTEMBER TO 3 OCTOBER
Events and projects take place year round but the main festival takes place in autumn. No programme details yet on the Wigtown Book Festival website but shouldn't be too long.

READING IS MAGIC FESTIVAL: 27 SEPTEMBER TO 1 OCTOBER
Lots of great events for children. As with last year’s festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival has teamed up with festival partners in different parts of the world including Boswell Book Festival and Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland. For more information, see the Reading is Magic Festival website.
Job and opportunities

John Murray Press: Marketing Manager
Apply by Wednesday 28 July 2021 for this position which can be based at Hachette's new Edinburgh office.

Hodder Education: Digital Support Assistant
Apply by Wednesday 28 July 2021 for this position which can be based at Hachette's new Edinburgh office.

Sandstone Press: Marketing Assistant
Apply by Friday 30 July 2021 for this part-time (17.5 hours per week) position with a 1 year initial contract.

Witherbys and University of Stirling: Publishing Scholarship
Apply by Friday 30 July 2021 for the Witherbys scholarship for the MLitt in Publishing Studies (2021-22) at the University of Stirling.

Witherbys and Edinburgh Napier University: Publishing Scholarship
Apply by midnight on Saturday 31 July 2021 for the Witherbys scholarship for the MSc in Publishing (2021-22) at Edinburgh Napier University.

SLIC: Board Members
Apply by Saturday 31 July 2021 for these voluntary positions.

Canongate: Editorial Assistant Internship
This opportunity in London is only open to people from ethnicities underrepresented in publishing. Apply by 5pm on Tuesday 3 August 2021 through Creative Access.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers: Marketing Executive
Apply by Sunday 15 August 2021 for this position which can be based at Hachette's new Edinburgh office.

University of Strathclyde: Lecturer in Scottish Literature and Creative Writing
Apply by Sunday 22 August 2021 for this full-time, Open Contract position.

The Highland Book Prize 2021: Volunteer readers
Apply by Wednesday 15 September to become a volunteer reader for the 2021 longlist.


For more information, see the Publishing Scotland website.


The following prizes and grants are also open:

The 2021 prize is open for entries from UK publishers until 10am on Monday 9 August 2021.

This new prize run by Wigtown Book Festival in association with the BBC will be awarded for the best literary essay, published or unpublished, by a writer in or from Scotland. The closing date is Friday 27 August 2021.

Publishers based outside the UK can apply for a grant towards translation fees to translate Scottish writers. The closing date is 20 August 2021.

This fund supports Scottish publishers with digital projects or training. Apply by 5pm on 30 August.
Training and professional events

So You Want to Get into Publishing
The recording of this free event from our Scottish Books Long Weekend is available to watch until 1 August 2021 on YouTube. It's for those interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at publishing and tips on entering the industry.

Opening the Book
This series of free, virtual events from Hachette aims to demystify publishing. Check the Hachette website for dates and how to register.

BA Conference: 12 and 13 September 2021
The 2021 Gardners Trade Show and BA Conference will take place in Leicestershire.

The Bookseller Children's Conference: 20 to 23 September 2021
Speakers and sessions will be announced throughout August. See The Bookseller website.

PS training courses
In case you missed it ...

FUNDRAISER IN MEMORY OF BRIAN HAMILL
Donations will go towards a bench in memory of Brian, to local charities who support men struggling with mental health, and if enough is raised, to The Common Breath, the publishing company that Brian founded in October 2019, to help them continue the legacy that Brian started. See In Memory of Brian Hamill.

THE BOOKSPEED STORY
Bookspeed, the book wholesaler, was started in 1986 by Annie Rhodes and Kingsley Dawson. There's a great interview with them about how it all began just posted on the Bookspeed blog.

SCOTTISH BOOKS LONG WEEKEND
You have until 1 August 2021 to catch up on YouTube with the events from our June weekend (including talks with Estelle Maskame and Graeme Macrae Burnet, an illustration workshop with Kate Milner, and a panel talk on 'what next for Scotland at home and abroad?').

AND FINALLY
Dennis the Menace stamps! You don't have to be a philatelist to appreciate the excellent stamps issued in July by Royal Mail to celebrate 70 years of the famous comic character. For a potted history of Dennis, see the DC Thomson website.