Taking Scotland's Books to the World
In the month of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Publishing Scotland's International Fellowship Programme, we highlight Scotland's significant place on the global publishing map. Celebrating the far-reaching impact and influence of Scotland's publishers and authors, we present a selection of books spanning fiction, non-fiction, and poetry across languages and time zones.
Q. You started writing when you were only 13 years old and landed a three-book deal with Edinburgh-based Black and White Publishing by the time you turned 17. How did this come about?
A. I’d been postin...
It’s October 2014 and Robert Davidson, publisher at Sandstone Press, is at the Frankfurt Book Fair when a German publisher asks him whether he’d be interested in buying a book from them.
Actually, adds the woman from Kiepenheuer & Witsch, it’s a series. The first four are already published in Germany: not best-sellers, but doing OK. They’re about a detective called Gereon Rath, and when the series starts, he is working undercover in 1929 Berlin. There will probably be another ...
‘International illustrators have commented how they often see their own culture reflected back at them in our Scottish books.’
‘We drove out across the desert in the dark to a large fort-like building with turrets lit by neon lights.’
‘syne your fairheid set it lowein / toun sae skyrie, starnie-splendant.’
‘A piece of bread only speaks of hunger, which everyone considers to be a vulgar and crude thing.’
‘There was something odd about the way he sat there, a solitary figure in this isolated place.’
‘Without doubt there is a desire for Scottish authors to be translated and sold overseas.’
‘The character Garšva is a struggling émigré poet working as a lift operator in a large New York hotel.’
‘Once at sea a full-blown south-westerly storm developed, placing the Kursk in serious peril.’