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Alexander McCall Smith – writer and creator of <i>The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency</i> – receives major award
10 May 2017
The President, The Board of Governors, and The Literary Arts Committee of The National Arts Club of America have presented The Medal of Honour for Achievement in Literature to Alexander McCall Smith. The Award Ceremony took place on Tuesday, 9th of May, 2017 at the home of The National Arts Club...
Liz Lochhead to appear on Desert Island Discs 14.05.17
08 May 2017
Liz Lochhead, poet and playwright is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4. The episode is to be broadcast on Sunday the 14th of May.

Tune in to find out which discs Liz will take with her to the desert island. Keep an eye on this website, after...
The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries
29 March 2017
The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.

Prizes include: • £1,000...
‘Young Soul Rebels’ has been shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Prize 2017
08 March 2017
It has been announced that Stuart Cosgrove’s book on Northern Soul, Young Should Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul has been shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Prize 2017.

Judged by a diverse judging panel, which includes Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore,...
The Un-Discovered Islands wins the Edward Stanford Illustrated Travel Book Award
03 February 2017
We are very pleased to announce that Malachy Tallack and Katie Scott have won the Edward Stanford Illustrated Travel Writing Awards for The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths, Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes.

The awards ceremony took place last night at The Pillar...
The former MP and author Tam Dalyell has died at the age of 84
27 January 2017
The former MP and author Tam Dalyell has died at the age of 84 after a short illness.

He sat in the House of Commons from 1962 to 2005, representing West Lothian and Linlithgow for Labour. Mr Dalyell became known for his formulation of the "West Lothian Question" about the role of...
The Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, has died aged 91
28 November 2016
Mrs Rhodes, one of the Queen’s most trusted confidantes died on Friday after a short illness.

The Queen Mother affectionately called her her "third daughter".

Born into the Scottish aristocracy, Margaret was niece to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and shared...
Birlinn has been shortlisted for the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award along with seven of its titles
21 October 2016

The Saltire Society announced the shortlist for the 2016 Literary, Publisher and Emerging Publisher of the year at Waterstones on Princes Street last night.

Birlinn has a total of seven books in the shortlist, spread out over the various categories:

'Sunset Song' voted Scotland's favourite book
18 October 2016

Nicola Sturgeon reveals Sunset Song as Scotland’s Favourite Book.

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon has been voted Scotland's favourite book in a poll for the BBC's Love To Read campaign. The top 10 novels in the survey included contemporary and...
Norman MacCaig and Sorley MacLean feature on new RBS bank notes
06 October 2016
The Royal Bank of Scotland has unveiled the designs for its new £5 and £10 polymer notes. It also announced that the Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd will feature on the £5 note when it comes into circulation later this year.

To design the notes Royal Bank of Scotland...