Publishing round-up: 19th May 2015.

Bookbinding 2015RGBReminder: Our May event is next week and selling fast! Our bookbinding event will allow you to get hands-on, and take a little something away at the end of it! Full information here. It’s going to be a fun and excellent night, so don’t miss out!

Scottish Book Trust gets grant for young writers. [X]
The Scottish Book Trust has been awarded £95,000 from Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time To Shine. This is to support a national programme for young writers, including an online platform, conference and writer development groups across the country.

Jenny Niven, portfolio manager of Literature at Creative Scotland, said, “While there are pockets of activity for young people, this is the first programme running nationwide which will offer the opportunity for young people both to explore and develop their individual talent, but crucially to be better connected to others across the country with similar interests.”

They’re also hiring a new full-time co-ordinator to facilitate the delivery and development of this programme. Full job information can be found here.

It’s Bookbug Week!
Check out The Scottish Book Trust’s website to find details of hundreds of free events this week!

the_worksThe Works majority share bought by Endless. [X]
Endless, a venture capitalist company who own a stake in The Book People, now holds the majority of shares in The Works, and plan to open 30 new stores as part of its growth programme for 2015.

The bargain high street retailer has seen seven years of consecutive growth under Anthony Solomon. Managing partner at Endless, Garry Wilson, said, “Anthony has been a fantastic investment partner for us as well as a strong and inspirational leader. He leaves the business in an incredibly healthy position with exciting prospects going forward. Our partnership with him has been a particularly fruitful one for everyone connected with the business. Replacing him is going to be one hell of a job.”

If they can maintain The Works’ growth, it seems books will remain firmly rooted on the high street for the foreseeable future.

profileIndustry agrees with fears over library cuts. [X]
When collecting the trophy for Independent Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards, md of Profile Books, Andrew Franklin, used his speech to talk about the election result, and difficulties to come. He said, “The next five years are going to be very difficult for all of us. Libraries are going to close, it’s going to be hard for bookshops, it’s going to be hard for publishing, but I’m very glad there is a little corner of independent publishing that is still recognised and this is a small consolation in bad and difficult times.”

A number in the industry have spoken out in agreement that cuts are coming, with fears of its impact on libraries. One note of optimism is that John Whittingdale is said to be ‘much better informed about movements in the library world’, given that none of his predecessors showed an interest in the sector, where he has at least raised questions. To read full views of the industry, visit The Bookseller’s report.

hClub100h.Club 100 open for nominations. [X]
The Hospital Club’s campaign for the most influential and innovative people in the UK’s creative industries is open for public nominations. They honour people in 10 categories, including publishing and writing. Nominees must be  UK based, and you can head over here to nominate someone you feel is worthy.

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