Creative Scotland will not pass cuts to EIBF, Publishing Scotland etc
‘The board of Scottish arts development body Creative Scotland has said it will not pass on the 3.6% funding cut planned by Scottish government for 2016/17 to its regularly funded organisations.
Regularly funded organisations for the period 2015-18 include the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Scottish Poetry Library, Publishing Scotland, the Glasgow Women’s Library and Wigtown Book Festival.‘
Read more about the cuts here.
Publishing Scotland longlisted for Association Excellence Award
Publishing Scotland said ‘we are delighted that our International Fellowship Programme – which we hosted in August 2015 – has been selected as a finalist for the Best Networking Event category in the Association Excellence Awards 2016.
The Association Excellence Awards 2016 have been developed to recognise excellence and exceptional achievements in trade and professional associations.’
Read more about the awards here.
Are small independent publishers doing the work for big publishers?
An article in the Guardian has suggested that ‘while the giant firms sink huge sums into fleeting fads, the commitment and passion of the smaller imprints leave a larger impression in the long term’.
‘Why are independent publishers managing to get more of their authors’ work on to prize shortlists and win more awards than the bigger firms? Two of the last three Man Booker winners were published by independents. How could that be?
Well, we read unsolicited manuscripts. We read more stories. Big publishers only use agents, who have their own economic imperative, and they miss out on a host of brilliant books every day, every month, every year.’
Read more of the article here.
Independent publishers’ books of the year
Along with other UK indie publishers, Sara Hunt, head of Glasgow indie publisher Saraband has included in the Guardian their top book of 2015, the title that should have done better and the one they wished they published.
Find out which titles Saraband chose here.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast announced
The eagerly anticipated, two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has cast its lead characters.
Jamie Parker, currently starring in the West End show Guys and Dolls, will star as an adult Harry in the production, set 19 years after JK Rowling’s books.
Noma Dumezweni, who recently stepped in at the last minute to replace Kim Cattrall in Linda at the Royal Court, will play Hermione Granger.
London Road star Paul Thornley completes the trio as Ron Weasley.
“I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Rowling said.
Read more about the casting here.
Ladybird makes Christmas number one
‘The Ladybird Book for Grown-Ups title How it Works: The Husband (Michael Joseph), by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, has become one of the more unexpected Official Christmas number ones. The parody title sold 52,900 copies for £325,381 through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market, leapfrogging the previous week’s number one Guinness World Records 2016 and outselling it by 4,503 copies. The Husband, which rose one position from second place a week ago, sold an extra 9,666 copies week on week, a 22.3% increase.’
Read more about the books topping the Christmas chart here.