Issue 84 | December 2018
Scottish Publishing Industry News
Hello

With the festive season fast approaching, it's a good time to look back over the past year. It's been a year packed with great books (some pictured above) and we feature some of them here, in our Annual Report and on BooksfromScotland.com .

This bumper issue is filled with news of books, literary prizes, jobs, new appointments and events and we hope you enjoy reading it with a mince pie or two.

We'll be back in the New Year but in the meantime, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!

Marion, Andrew, Jess, Joan, Lucy and Vikki

Publishing Scotland
Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2018
Francis Bickmore Kate Gibb of Canongate Books with Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2018 award
CANONGATE BOOKS

The 2018 Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award with an accompanying cash prize of £1,000, went to Edinburgh-based Canongate Books . Over the last 12 months, Canongate’s growth has seen them further develop an already strong international publishing brand. The publishers shortlisted along with Canongate Books were: 404 Ink, BHP Comics, Birlinn, Historic Environment Scotland and Luath Press. Historic Environment Scotland was runner-up and Highly Commended.

Pictured right are Francis Bickmore, Publishing Director, and Kate Gibb, Chief Operating Officer, of Canongate Books with the 2018 award. Picture by Graham Clark for the Saltire Society.
Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year 2018
Carolina Orloff of Charco Press with the Saltire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year Award 2018
CAROLINA ORLOFF

The award for Emerging Publisher of the Year 2018 went to Carolina Orloff of Charco Press in recognition of her development into an important part of publishing in Scotland in a relatively short time. The publishers shortlisted along with Carolina were: Alan Windram (Little Door Books), Charlotte Brady (Canongate Books), Heather Palmer (BHP Comics), James T. Harding (Stewed Rhubarb Press) and Megan Reid (Canongate Books). Alan Windram was runner-up and Highly Commended. For more, see the Saltire Society website .

Carolina is pictured right with the Emerging Publisher award. Picture by Graham Clark for the Saltire Society.
Saltire Society Literary Awards 2018
All That Remains: A Life in Death  by forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black (Transworld) is the winner of the coveted Saltire Society Book of the Year award 2018. It also won the Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year award. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 30 November 2018. For the details and some great photos from the event, see the Saltire Society website . The other winners were:

Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year
Elsewhere, Home  by Leila Aboulela (Saqi Books)

Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year
Wristwatch  by Jay Whittaker (Cinnamon Press)

Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year
What the Victorians Made of Romanticism : Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History  by Tom Mole (Princeton University Press)

Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year
The Drowned and the Saved  by Les Wilson (Birlinn Ltd)

Saltire Society First Book of the Year
Sal  by Mick Kitson (Canongate Books)

Non-Fiction Book of the Year
All That Remains: A Life in Death  by Professor Dame Sue Black (Transworld)

Most Inspiring Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award Winner
Louise Welsh (pictured above in photo by Graham Clark for the Saltire Society)
Book People News

JENNY BROWN
Jenny Brown, literary agent, was inducted into the Saltire Society ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ community.

ALI BEGG
Ali is the new Sales and Marketing Assistant at Floris Books.

GARY CHUDLEIGH
BHP Comics welcomed Gary Chudleigh onboard as their freelance Creative Producer. 

SASHA DE BUYL
Sasha de Buyl has started as Manager of Scottish Books International. She can be contacted by email at sasha.debuyl@scottishbooksinternational.org .

LOTTIE FYFE
The new Publishing Projects Manager at National Galleries of Scotland previously worked in publishing in London, most recently for HarperCollins.

ALISON LANG
Alison Lang has been announced as the new Director of The Gaelic Books Council , Scotland's flagship organisation for Gaelic books and writing. She will take up the post in January 2019 and succeeds Rosemary Ward, who held the position since 2010.

CHARLOTTE MASON
Charlotte Mason has joined Edinburgh University Press as Head of Sales. Charlotte was previously UK Development Manager at the Pharmaceutical Press.

ELAINE REID
Formerly at Alban Books, Elaine Reid is now the Community Marketing Manager at Floris Books.

JENNY SKIVINGTON
Jenny has taken up the position of Junior Designer at Floris Books.

ROSEMARY WARD
Rosemary Ward, a notable figure in the fields of Gaelic education and literature, has been inducted into the Saltire Society ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ community. Rosemary also recently joined Scottish Book Trust as Director of Programme after 8 years as Director of the Gaelic Books Council.

THE BOOKSELLER'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN UK PUBLISHING
Among those on the list are: Nick Barley , Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival; Jamie Byng, Chief Executive of Canongate Books; Rosamund de la Hey , Owner of The Mainstreet Trading Company; Robert Macfarlane , author, and Jackie Morris , illustrator; and Marion Sinclair , Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland. For the full list, see The Bookseller 7 December 2018 .
Prizes, awards and listings
The Saltire Society Publisher and Literary Awards may be the highlight of the year end but they were not the only awards being announced..

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2018
The overall winner is decided by public vote which is open until 23 December . Voters get the chance to be entered into the draw to win all the category winners. The winner will be announced on 30 December. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Scottish author Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins) won the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year and the Audible New Writer categories. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Penguin Random House) won the UK Author category. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (Canongate Books) was shortlisted in that category.

THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE 2018 LONGLIST
The longlist includes:


For the full longlist, see the Highland Book Prize website . The shortlist will be announced on 6 March and the winner on 11 May 2019.

SCOTTISH NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK AWARD 2018 SHORTLIST
The fifth biennial Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book online public vote is open from noon on 10 December 2018 to noon on 31 January 2019. Everyone who takes part in the online vote will be entered into a free prize draw to win the entire shortlist of books. The shortlisted books include St Kilda by Alex Boyd (Luath Press) and The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare by Andy Howard (Sandstone Press). The result will be announced in February 2019. See the website for the full shortlist and to cast your vote .

THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 NOMINATIONS
This medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. Publisher Barrington Stoke has six books nominated including Zebra Crossing Soul Song by Sita Brahmachari and The Last Days of Archie Maxwell by Annabel Pitcher. A book published by Scotland Street Press - Black Snow Falling by LJ MacWhirter - is also nominated. The longlists will be announced on 18 February. For all the nominations, see the website .

THE CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019 NOMINATIONS
This medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The Family Tree by Mal Peet, (author) and Emma Shoard (illustrator) (Barrington Stoke) has been nominated. It is also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019. The longlists will be announced on 18 February. For all the nominations, see the website .

PARLIAMENTARY BOOK AWARDS 2018 AND MOST REBELLIOUS BOOK
Poverty Safari   by Darren McGarvey (originally published by Luath Press) was shortlisted in the Best Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian category of the Parliamentary Book Awards 2018 . The book also topped Scottish Book Trust's recent poll of the most rebellious reads of the 21st century.

CREATIVE EDINBURGH START-UP OF THE YEAR 2018
Edinburgh-based Charco Press won this award for an outstanding creative contribution or activity from a newly registered company (less than 3 years). For the full list of winners, see the Creative Edinburgh website .

BAFTA SCOTLAND 2018
Beckett by the Secret Experiment won the Game category at BAFTA Scotland 2018. The Secret Experiment is a p roduction studio of alternative thought, original voices and stories told through videogames and its founder Simon Meek is also the first V&A Dundee Designer in Residence.

COSTA BOOK AWARDS 2018
No Scottish authors or publishers this year on the list but it does contain one of my favourite books of the year - The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton). For the shortlists, see the website . The category winners will be announced on 7 January and the overall winner on 29 January 2019.
Awards open for entries and other prize news
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESIDENCIES
Applications are now open for two Forestry Commission writing residencies. UK residents over the age of 18 are eligible to apply. This is an exciting opportunity for two emerging writers to tell the story of our nation’s forests. The organisers are particularly interested in hearing from under-represented groups, and welcome all forms of storytelling. The closing date for entries is midnight on 14 January 2019. For full details and to apply, see the Forestry Commission England website .

COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 2019
Until this prize was launched in August, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (BEWP) was the only existing prize for comic fiction. In the 18 years it has been running only 3 women have won. In 2018 they decided to withhold the prize because none of the 62 entries were funny enough. The organisers of this new prize recognised that the BEWP organisers were clearly missing something.The Comedy Women in Print prize will officially recognise witty female authors and nurture new, unpublished talent. The closing date for entries is 31 January 2019. See the CWIP website for details and to enter .

LAGG POETRY COMPETITION
Isle of Arran Distillers have teamed up with Scottish Field to find the official poem for their new Lagg Distillery. The winning entry will take pride of place onsite at the new distillery that is due to open in the spring of 2019. The closing date for entries is 14 December and the winner and two runners up will be announced on Burns Night, Friday 25 January 2019.
Jolabokaflod
Jolabokaflod * is our current issue of BooksfromScotland. It's a bumper issue chock full of Christmas gift recommendations for all your friends and family.

*In Iceland, the retail cycle each year, from the launch of new books to the reading of these books at Christmas, is known as  Jólabókaflóðið , which translates roughly into English as ‘the Christmas book flood’. You can read more about it on the Jolabokaflod website .

In the New Year the International Year of Indigenous languages gets underway and our first issue of BooksfromScotland will celebrate Scots. You can read more about the International Year of Indigenous Languages on the United Nations website .

Right: the cover of one of the featured books in the current issue - Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas by Nora Surojegin  (Author),  Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin  (Illustrator),  Jill Timbers  (Translator) (Floris Books).
Book (and other) festivals, conferences and events
December is a quiet month for festivals as the Christmas festivities are well under way. But there's a printing exhibition on in Glasgow and a few festivals in January and February to look forward to.

MORE THAN JUST BOOKS - PRINTING IN GLASGOW: UNTIL 6 JANUARY 2019
The Scottish Printing Archival Trust is dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of Scotland’s printing industry. The Trust is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an exhibition on the history of print production in Glasgow at The Lighthouse - The Glasgow Herald’s former printing works.

FURTHER FROM FESTIVAL (LINLITHGOW): 19 AND 25 TO 27 JANUARY
Now entering its fourth year, the first book festival of the year has an extended programme to cover two weekends. It starts on Saturday 19 January with Robin Crawford in discussion with Jim Crumley on the importance of our fragile peatlands, followed by a talk from Christopher Fleet of the National Library of Scotland who has co-authored several books on Scotland using historical maps as a reference point. For the full programme, see the Far From the Madding Crowd website .

BURNS AND BEYOND (EDINBURGH): 22 TO 27 JANUARY
This brand new festival launching in 2019 celebrates Scottish culture from Burns to now in venues across Edinburgh city centre. The events include a Burns Supper (of course) but also Red Rose Street, Museum of the Moon, speed whisky tasting, a ceilidh and much more. For full details, see the Burns and Beyond website .

BURNS HAME TOON (ALLOWAY): JANUARY
One of the festivals organised by Burns an' a' that, this festival runs in Alloway throughout January and features a very special fundraising Burns Supper. For details, see the Burns an' a' that website .

WINTER WORDS (PITLOCHRY): 14 TO 17 FEBRUARY
The 2019 festival will take place at The Pitlochry Festival Theatre and will be the usual mix of big fiction and non-fiction names, travel, adventure, biography and literary lunches! Programme details coming soon on The Pitlochry Festival Theatre website .

GRANITE NOIR (ABERDEEN): 22 TO 24 FEBRUARY
Aberdeen's third crime festival has pushed itself to bring you more Scottish and Scandi authors, more psychological insights, more workshops and more special events. You can eat and drink your way round the festival with morning coffee with agent Jenny Brown, Poisoned High Tea and Noir at the Bar. For the full programme and to book tickets, see the Granite Noir website .

The Publishing Scotland website has a calendar of book festivals and other events .
Books of the Year
There are lists galore of Books of the Year and books to gift (eg Waterstones , The Guardian , The Observer , The Independent , The Bottle Imp ) but here are a few of our 2018 favourites at Publishing Scotland:

Canongate charity book quiz
Canongate’s inaugural book quiz, hosted on 5 December 2018 in Edinburgh, raised an incredible £1762.50 for the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre – their charity of the year, as voted by Canongate staff.
 
Taking place in the Angels Share in Edinburgh, the quiz was hosted by the brilliant performance poet Nadine Aisha Jassat and attended by representatives from across the Scottish literary community including: Publishing Scotland, 404 Ink, Canongate, Black and White, EUP, Scottish Book Trust, The List, Golden Hare Books, Lighthouse Books, The Storytelling Centre and more. Authors in attendance included Gavin Francis, Kathleen Jamie, VE Schwab, Cat Clarke, Helen McClory and Chris McQueer.
 
Canongate had initially planned to match all money raised from ticket sales – a total of around £350 – but, following its Saltire Society Publisher of the Year win, they instead decided to donate their £1000 prize win to the cause. Further funds were raised from the sale of raffle tickets, prizes for which included vouchers for Lighthouse Books and Golden Hare Books, dinner for two at Angels Share, and a limited edition Nick Cave Sick Bag Song worth £750.
 
All questions had a literary bent and the winning team – “Your Betters Of Note” – walked away with a prize hamper of books donated by Canongate, 404 Ink, BHP Comics and Black & White; National Book Tokens worth £80; and a host of edible treats. A prize was also given for best team name – won by “That’s What We’re Tolkien About” – and a wooden spoon for the losing team.
 
The driving force behind the quiz was Senior Rights Executive Caroline Clarke, with help from various Canongate staff including Megan Reid, Charlotte Brady, Kate Gibb, Alan Trotter, Valeri Rangelov, Tess Shellard, Becca Nice and Anna Frame. The quiz was written by Caroline, Megan and Anna.

The pictures above are by Gill Tasker. There weren't many photos as everyone put their phones away during the quiz of course. Next year there will be a designated photographer!
Jobs, training and other opportunities
DC THOMSON: DUNDEE
Features Editor: a pply by Wednesday 12 December 2018.

THE SKINNY: EDINBURGH
Publishing Assistant (Sales and Marketing): apply for this part-time position by 9am on Thursday 13 December 2018.

SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST: EDINBURGH
Web and Digital Products Manager: apply for this full-time, permanent post by 9am on Monday 17 December 2018.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND: EDINBURGH
Acquisitions Librarian: apply by 23.15 on Thursday 20 December 2018

EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY: EDINBURGH
Lecturer in Publishing: apply for this part-time (17.5 hours per week) position by 6 January 2019.

FLORIS BOOKS: EDINBURGH
Marketing Manager: apply for this full-time position (12 months with a view to becoming permanent) by 5pm on Monday 7 January 2019.

GREAT OUTDOORS MAGAZINE: GLASGOW
Editorial Assistant: apply for this part-time (16 hours per week) post by Monday 7 January.

BRITISH COUNCIL: UK
Consultant Creative Director UK/Italy 2020 Season: apply by Sunday 16 December 2018.

DRF DAVID MILLER BURSARY
Apply for this bursary for a rights professional by Sunday 16 December 2018.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON FELLOWSHIP
Apply for a month-long residency in Grez-sur-Loing in France during the months of June, July, August or November. The closing date is noon on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

STATIONERS' COMPANY INNOVATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019
Enter by 6pm on Friday 6 April 2019.

For more details of all these jobs and opportunities, see the Publishing Scotland website .
In case you missed it ...
BOOK TREE GANGNAM STYLE
A 'book tree' made of thousands of books is taking pride of place and a lot of space at the COEX Starfield Library in Gangnam, Seoul. American artist  Mike Stilkey painted the books and then assembled them on site. See the Wanderluxe website for some great pictures .

PAINTINGS ON BOOKS
More painted books but this time closer to home. The Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh has an exhibition of paintings by Andrew Cranston who has used book covers as canvases. It runs until 21 December. See also the review in The Scotsman by Duncan MacMillan .

AND FINALLY ...
Catriona Cox, known to many in the Scottish book world, is fundraising for Crisis at Christmas 2018. You can help her reach her target for this great cause by donating at Virgin Money Giving .