Issue 95 | December 2020
Scottish Publishing Industry News
Hello

In this unprecedented year, books have mattered more than ever. Our final newsletter of 2020 rounds up some of the many book highlights. A Scot won the Booker Prize and our publishers and writers were recognised for books in English, Scots and Gaelic. If you are looking for a gift or just a good read, you should find something here.

We missed getting together in person at festivals and events. But online had some advantages allowing people not just all over Scotland but all over the world to attend. You can still catch up on recordings of some of the events (see below in our online book festivals section).

We wish you a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2021.

Marion, Alice, Andy, Jess, Joan, Lucy, and Vikki

The Publishing Scotland Team
Book people news
DAVY ZYW
The Scottish writer and wine buyer has been named Cycling Weekly's Fantastic Fundraiser 2020. Davy not only cycled 500 miles in 4 days but raised £150,000 for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation for MND (you can still donate on JustGiving).

JOY HENDRY
The editor of influential magazine Chapman and a poet in her own right, Joy Hendry was announced as the winner of the Scottish Poetry Library’s inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Poetry in Scotland Award. The award will be presented again in 2021 and then become biennial. 

THE WEE BOOK COMPANY AND CRANACHAN PUBLISHING
The Wee Book Company won the Scots Business o the Year category of the Scots Language Awards 2020. Cranachan Publishing was shortlisted.

STUART PATERSON
Stuart Paterson (published by Tippermuir) won Scots Writer o the Year at the Scots Language Awards 2020.

LUNA PRESS PUBLISHING
Luna Press Publishing is shortlisted for Best Independent Press at the British Fantasy Awards 2020.

NINA ORAM
Nina Oram, author of the The Joining (Luna Press Publishing), has been shortlisted for Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award) at the British Fantasy Awards 2020.

THERESA BRESLIN, MARIT TORNQVIST AND EVA ERIKSSON
Theresa Breslin (author), Marit Törnqvist (author/illustrator) and Eva Eriksson (illustrator) are all nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2021 (and all published by Floris Books).

ROBIN ROBERTSON
Award-winning Scottish poet and writer Robin Robertson will be retiring from his role as associate publisher of Jonathan Cape at the end of 2020. He will continue to run the Cape poetry list as editor-at-large. See The Bookseller 7 October 2020. Željka Marošević is joining Jonathan Cape as editorial director next year.

MERYL HALLS
The Booksellers Association managing director Meryl Halls was named FutureBook's Person of the Year for 2020. See The Bookseller 13 November 2020.

KATE GIBB, FIONA MCPARLAND, JOHN MACPHERSON AND CHANI MCBAIN
Kate Gibb of Canongate Books has been appointed as chair of Publishing Scotland and Fiona McParland of APS Group Ltd is the new Treasurer. John MacPherson of Bright Red Publishing joins the Board and Chani McBain of Floris Books will serve a second term. Kate Gibb takes over from Jamie Crawford who served as chair for four years. For the list of all the Board Members, see the Publishing Scotland website

ACHINS
After a few years on the market, the UK's most remote bookshop has been sold. The new owners plan to reopen in spring and while concentrating on the cafe side, hope to sell a selection of books. See The Bookseller 18 November 2020.

TONIE RITCHIE
Spur of Light published by Vival Publications is the work of Aberdeen-born nonagenarian Tonie Ritchie. Begun almost 20 years ago at an inspirational creative writing course on Iona, it was finally completed this year. As 97-year-old Tonie says in her Press and Journal interview of 15 December: 'You never say never'.
Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Prize 2020
Cover of Shuggie Bain and author Douglas Stuart
We were thrilled that last month New-York based Glaswegian Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize. His debut novel Shuggie Bain (Picador) was the unanimous choice of the judges in a strong and diverse shortlist. His discussion with Damian Barr at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August was one of its highlights: watch it here.

For a round up of Scottish books that have been Booker-listed, see the feature on our website.
Books of the year and other book lists
Every year newspapers and others compile year-end lists of books and this year is no different in that respect at least. Here is just a small selection:

Second Nature
Produced by Publishing Scotland to mark the start of the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair in October, Second Nature is an 18-minute documentary film featuring five award-winning writers talking on the subject of nature and nature writing today: Kathleen Jamie, Jim Crumley, Chitra Ramaswamy, Roseanne Watt and Gavin Francis. Written and presented by Jamie Crawford (of BBC's Scotland from the Sky series) and with a short reading by Tilda Swinton, this beautiful film sees the writers calling for people to 'notice' the natural world in response to the climate crisis and the Covid pandemic. You can watch it here.
Books from Scotland
We love to give you a bumper BooksfromScotland issue at this time of year to give you as many Christmas gift recommendations as possible. Every kind of book lover should find something here worth putting under their tree, from fiction, humour, biographies and cookery books, to thrillers, art, nature writing, poetry, and a huge variety of books for children.

See also the BooksfromScotland festive recommendations on Bookshop.org.
Gifts with real Christmas spirit
Everyone deserves a little bit of magic at Christmas. If you are able to, please consider donating £5 to Scottish Book Trust's Christmas appeal to give a book to a family who is struggling. For many families, the books provided by Scottish Book Trust will be the only ones in their home.

Publisher Saraband's Christmas appeal is supporting the Trussell Trust this year. Its Food Bank Book Bundles (pictured right) do what they say on the tin: a book and a donation to The Trussell Trust.

Portobello Bookshop has teamed up with charities Streetreads and HomeStart to get books into the hands of readers young and old. You can buy in the shop or donate to its Christmas Book Drive.

You can help those who can't afford to buy a book with a pay it forward voucher from Edinburgh's radical bookshop Lighthouse.

The Penguin Random House website features a round up of book-related charities.

Scotland Street Press has donated £1000 of brand new books to ten Edinburgh libraries as gifts for local children. See The Edinburgh Reporter14 December 2020.

And finally, we were glad to play a small part in getting some new books on the shelves of Tynecastle High's S1-S3 School of Basketball Library (see tweet of 1 December 2020).
More book and bookish gifts
BOOK SUBSCRIPTIONS
Check if your local bookshop or favourite publisher offers this. Eg Golden Hare's PostBooks (pictured right) offers a variety of reading subscriptions. The Watermill's subscriptions include new Scottish books and Cosy Wee Reads specialises in books with a Scottish slant.

BOOK RELATED GIFTS
Bookishly and The Literary Gift Company focus on book themed gifts such as mugs, bookends, jewellery and cuddly toys.

BOOK SCENT
Literati and Light has a wide range of book and writer themed candles and Our Lovely Goods has one called The Old Library. If you are splashing out, Byredo does a Bibliotheque scented candle (and perfume).

ILLUSTRATIONS AND ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
The Art of Illustration has a selection of limited edition prints, original illustrations and special edition books by well-known artists.
Book prizes, awards and listings
Scottish books won or were listed for awards this year in many genres including fiction, non-fiction, children's, food and sport. Here are just some of them.
BOOKER PRIZE 2020
Scottish writer Douglas Stuart won with Shuggie Bain (Picador) of course. Scottish publisher Canongate Books also had a book on the shortlist: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste.

INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020
The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara and translated by Fiona Mackintosh and Iona Macintyre (Charco Press) was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.

THE CARNEGIE MEDAL 2020
Lark by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke) won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020. The publisher is the first Scottish publisher to publish the winning book in the prestigious prize's history.

SCOTS BAIRNS BOOK O THE YEAR 2020
The Itchy Coo Book o Hans Christian Andersen (Itchy Coo) won Scots Bairns Book o the Year at the Scots Language Awards 2020. Nine of Hans Christian Andersen's favourite fairy tales are featured in this book, now retold in Scots for the first time by a host of well known Scottish writers.

GAELIC LITERATURE AWARDS 2020
Acair was the publisher of three winning books at the Gaelic Literature Awards 2020: An Tiortach Beag agus Sgeulachdan Eile by Morag Ann MacNeil (Best Fiction); Cluaintean Uaine by George L. Murray and Donald Gillies (Best Poetry Book); and Mo Ghranaidh agus an Losgann Mòr by Marie C. Macaulay, (Best Book for Children/Young People).

NOMMO AWARD 2020
Incompleteness Theory in Incomplete Solutions by Wole Talabi (Luna Press Publishing) is the winner of the Nommo Award for Best Novella 2020. The Nommo awards are run by the African Speculative Fiction Society.

PAUL TORDAY PRIZE 2020
Donald S Murray‘s novel As the Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband) was awarded The Society of Authors’ Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2020.

JANE GRIGSON TRUST AWARD 2020
The Sea Food Shack - Food & Tales from Ullapool by Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick (Kitchen Press) won this prestigious award for writers new to food and drink writing.

THE WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR AND THE TELEGRAPH CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
Cricket 2.0 - Inside the T20 Revolution by Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde (Polaris Publishing) won two top sports books awards.

WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020
The much-praised Hamnet (Tinder Press) by Maggie O'Farrell won The Women's Prize for Fiction 2020. It is also Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 and is available in a special edition to mark that.

CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2020
D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke) is the Overall Winner of the Children's Book Award for 2020 and it also won the Confident Readers category.

BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2020
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown (Harper Collins, 4th Estate) is the winner of the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction
Book festivals online
While some book festivals cancelled in response to the pandemic restrictions, others hosted online festivals. If you missed them first time round, some events are still available to view at:

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL ONLINE
The programme was made up of over 100 events for adults, families and children. Many are available to view through the Book Festival’s own website.

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL ONLINE
If you missed these Autumn events, there are recordings of many of them on the Wigtown Digital Book Festival YouTube channel.

PUBLISHING SCOTLAND EVENTS FOR BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND
This year, Publishing Scotland teamed up with the Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival. You can catch up with our events on our YouTube channel.

HAY FESTIVAL
For an annual subscription (currently £10) to Hay Player you can access thousands of audio and film recordings from Hay Festival in Wales.
Jobs, opportunities and training

Bloody Scotland. Apply for the part-time, freelance position of Digital Manager by 5pm on Friday 18 December 2020. See the Bloody Scotland website.

Creative Scotland. Apply to be a Board Member by Friday 8 January 2021 at midnight. See the Public Appointments website.

The British Book Awards. Also known as the Nibbies, these book industry awards are now open for entries until 5 February 2021. See The Bookseller website.

Our first training courses of 2021 are now open for booking so if you want to start the year learning or improving your skills, take a look at our website.

  • Sales and Marketing for Publishing
  • International Management of Publishing and Rights
  • Data-Driven Marketing and Publishing (this will be repeated over the summer semester 3 May - 1 August 2021) .

See also our round up of free and paid-for online training courses.
In case you missed it ...
WORDS OF THE YEAR
Collins Dictionary chose 'Lockdown' as their Word of the Year 2020. The Oxford English Dictionary couldn't choose a single 'word of the year' and wrote a report : Words of an Unprecedented Year.

THE PUBLISHING SCOTLAND ANNUAL REPORT
Our latest report covers December 2019 to November 2020. As well as an account of what we did, it has a section on our members' highlights. See the Annual Report PDF here.

THE BIG SCOTTISH BOOK CLUB
The last episode of the excellent second series with Damian Barr aired on BBC Scotland on Sunday 13 December. You can still catch up on the BBC iPlayer but be quick as some of the earlier episodes are only available for another month.

OLIVE AND MABEL
The videos of Andrew Cotter's dogs Olive and Mabel have been a real tonic over the past year. With over 50m views they went viral in a good way and even recently featured on Good Morning America. There's a book too: Olive, Mabel and Me (published by Black & White Publishing).

AND FINALLY ...
Janey Godley's extremely funny voiceover videos of the First Minister's coronavirus briefings have not only kept up our spirits but got the messages across. Frank Get The Door! ma feet are KILLIN me (Luath Press) contains the uncensored transcripts (ie sweary words and all!).