Publishing Round-up: 15th May 2017

The Essex Serpent_1Essex Serpent comes 

out on top!

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry has beaten the competition to be named the British Book Awards Book of the year. According to the judges it “emerged from the dark to become one of the smash hits of 2016”, beating off 35 other titles to the top spot.

Read more here.

A.L. Kennedy blasts publishers for attitudeA L Kennedy 192x181_1

towards translated literature



A L Kennedy has blasted publishers on their attitude to translated literature, warning that the UK risks becoming “an increasingly racist island” set “adrift in a shrinking culture” after it leaves the European Union. Kennedy noted that “Europe reads us, although we don’t return the favour. Britain has little appetite for foreign work. Or, perhaps more accurately, British publishing has little appetite for foreign work – it might be a risk, it would involve the expense of translation. Expense and risk worry UK publishers. After the destruction of the Net Book Agreement – a destruction only quietly resisted – publishers passed into a territory of simple calculations, of profit and loss.”

Read more here.

Black and White’s Sherridan makes Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 192x181
Wilbur Smith Adventure shortlist

Sarah Sherridan’s On Starlit Seas has been shortlisted for the £10,000 prize, competing against five other titles. For a full list of shortlistees read more here.

Books from Scotland publish booksfromscotland-logo-tartan.png

festival edition for must see events


The new issue features many must-see author events throughout the summer

See the full list here.

PSPublishing Scotland Translation fund calls for applicants

The fund’s purpose is to support publishers based outside the UK to buy rights from Scottish and  UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers. The funding will be received in the form of a grant.

Applications for funding are due by August 4th
Find out more here.


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