Publishing Round-up: 6th July

Harry Potter to be translated into Scots

Scotland may be the home of Hogwarts and the place where author JK Rowling wrote her epic serial of wizardry and magic. But only this year will its wee bairns get the chance to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Scots, 20 years after it was first published.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane is being translated by Matthew Fitt for publication in October by tiny Scottish imprint Itchy Coo, part of Black & White publishing.

Read more here.


Amy Liptrot wins PEN Ackerley Prize

English PEN has awarded Amy Liptrot the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 for her “exhilarating and rigourously unsentimental” memoir The Outrun (Canongate).

The book chronicles the author’s battle with addiction and her return to her home on Orkney. It was praised by the judges for being written with “clarity and invention”.

Read more here.


Amazon reveals shortlist of first UK Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon has revealed a “diverse” six-strong shortlist for its first UK Kindle Storyteller Award, with finalists’ books spanning genres from non-fiction and crime thriller to historical fiction and lesbian romance.

To enter, authors were asked to upload an original, previously unpublished English-language book to Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk. The shortlist was narrowed down from thousands of entries after books were rated based on their “commercial viability” for the UK market.

Read more here.

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