Publishing Round-Up: 18th January 2016.

Kelpie Prize 2016 deadline approaches

The closing date for entries for this year’s Kelpie Prize, run by Floris, is 29 February.

About the prize:

‘From Dumfries to Dundee, Glasgow to Aberdeen and everywhere in between, we are looking for Scottish children’s novels with a difference.

Fantastic fantasies, sensational sci-fi, awesome adventures and satisfying slices of life – the Kelpies range of Scottish children’s novels has them all. But we are still looking for more. Do you have a cracking story, with strong characters and believable dialogue which children won’t be able to put down? Then we want to read it!”

Read more entry details here.


Scottish literary festivals ‘set the best example’ 

UK authors have been calling for a boycott of non-paying literary festivals. ‘Linda Grant, Denise Mina, Joanne Harris and Francesca Simon have responded to Philip Pullman’s protest over the Oxford Literary Festival’s failure to pay author fees by joining a call for publishers and fellow authors to boycott events with the same policy.’

In response to the on-going controversy an article in the New Statesman has praised Scottish literary festivals which ‘set the best example’ in paying their authors.

‘I don’t want to damn all festivals. The Scottish ones, perhaps because of some sort of Arts Council version of the Barnett formula, always pay a fee and accommodation. In fact of all the big festivals, it’s Edinburgh that gets it right more often than not with big authors subsidising little ones, impeccable care, a light sprinkling of celebrity but the emphasis very much on literature.’

Read more about the boycotts here and the New Statesman article here.


Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 19.55.14SYP launches new Ireland branch

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) is delighted to announce the launch of SYP Èire – a new branch of the SYP based in Dublin.

‘Upcoming chair of SYP Éire, Emily Cook, said: “Ireland is rich with literary culture and is a country which celebrates its writers every day. The vibrant publishing trade in Ireland and its thriving cultural scene – with literature at its core – deserves a community that will support and encourage its newcomers. I hope that SYP Éire will become that community and I look forward to being a part of this”.’

Read more about the new branch here.

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 21.23.06Scottish Book Trust lists 27 Scottish novels to look out for in 2016


SBT have listed 27 highly anticipated 2016 novels from Scottish authors and publishers. Titles from names such as Irvine Welsh, James Kelman, Christopher Brookmyre, Stuart MacBride, Neil Mckay, Sara Sheridan and many others grace the list from publishers including Freight, Saraband, Sandstone, Canongate and more.

Check out the full list here.

SCOTLAND ALBA LOGOOnline literary festival from the Saltire Society

Saltire Society PhD researcher Stevie Marsden teased in a tweet that there will be an online literary festival from them in June. More details to come at the end of February.

The Bookseller launches the British Book Industry Awards

The Bookseller has expanded its industry awards, with the 2016 ceremony to celebrate the books of the year as well as the wider trade. A new venue and enhanced media coverage will also increase focus and attention on the winners.

In 2016 there will be four book categories: Children’s, Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, and Adult Début, with the overall Book of the Year drawn from these winners. Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller’s contributing editor, will chair the Books of the Year judging panel.’

Read more about the new awards here.

New edition of Mein Kampf on German bestsellers list

‘Annotated version of Adolf Hitler’s opus, which ‘unmasks his false allegations, whitewashing and outright lies’, will debut at 20 on non-fiction chart after publishers received 15,000 orders.

A new critical edition of Mein Kampf is set to make its debut on German bestseller lists this weekend, after Adolf Hitler’s political manifesto went on sale in the country last week for the first time since the second world war.

The German book trade paper Buchreport, which puts together the charts for the news magazine Der Spiegel, has said that the 2,000-page annotated version of the Nazi text, which costs €59, will be in 20th position on the non-fiction bestseller chart in Der Spiegel on Saturday.’

Read more about the new edition here.

First UK book festival dedicated to BAME writers kicks off in February

‘The UK’s first books festival dedicated entirely to writers of colour “that has eschewed any panels on diversity” is set to make its debut in February, in an attempt to “empower … these voices that are so often silenced in the literary mainstream”.

The concept of Bare Lit, which will take place in London on 26 and 27 February featuring names including the award-winning Xiaolu Guo, was sparked by the writers Courttia Newland and Sunny Singh, who mentioned to Samantha Asumadu, the founder of Media Diversified, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting writers of colour, that they were “rarely invited to literary festivals”.’

Read more about the festival here.

James Patterson donates £10,000 to flood-hit UK bookshops

‘The American thriller writer James Patterson has taken time out from dreaming up bloody ends for a series of characters to donate £10,000 to two flooded English bookshops.

The Book Case in Hebden Bridge was destroyed by the Boxing Day floods that hit the north of England, while the New Bookshop in Cockermouth was flooded following Storm Desmond earlier in December. The Book Case had already been helped by a swathe of major authors including Ian Rankin and Marian Keyes donating signed books to sell at auction, and now both shops have announced that Patterson’s fund for independent booksellers will be giving them £5,000 each.

Kate Claughan, The Book Case’s owner, thanks “the great man” Patterson for the donation, while The New Bookshop tweeted that the £5,000 will mean it “can make our kids’ book section very special again when we reopen later this year”.’

Read more about Patterson’s donation and the effects of the floods here.

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 20.56.20More sessions added!

ICYMI we announced some more sessions of our 2020: A Publishing Odyssey conference only two months away. More info on our dedicated page, tickets available HERE.


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