Luath Press takes its name from Robert Burns, whose little collie Luath (Gael., swift or nimble) tripped up Jean Armour at a wedding and gave him the chance to speak to the woman who was to be his wife and the abiding love of his life. Burns called one of ‘The Twa Dogs’ Luath after Cuchullin’s hunting dog in Ossian’s Fingal. Luath Press was established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country, and is now based a few steps up the road from Burns’ first lodgings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Luath Press is an independent publishing house which offers distinctive writing with a hint of unexpected pleasures. Prizewinning and shortlisted books include Bad Catholics (Specsavers Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger – shortlisted) and The Bower Bird by Ann Kelley (Costa Children’s Book Award – winner; UK Literacy Association Book Award – winner).