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Birlinn Limited is an independent publishing house based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Established in 1992 by Managing Director Hugh Andrew, Birlinn Limited is composed of a number of imprints, including: Birlinn, which publishes Scottish and general UK interest books, from biography to history, military history, and Scottish Gaelic; Polygon, publishes literary fiction and poetry, both classic and modern; BC Books is dedicated to publishing children’s books; Arena Sport is a sport imprint and is designed for the general trade; and John Donald publishes academic books.
 
 
Birlinn publishes Scottish and general UK interest books, from biography to history, military history, and Scottish Gaelic. The name comes from the old Norse word ‘birlinn’, meaning a long boat or small galley used especially in the Hebrides and West Highlands of Scotland in the Middle Ages. 
 
Polygon, originally set up by students of the University of Edinburgh in the late 1960s, publishes literary fiction and poetry, both classic and modern, from writers as highly acclaimed as Robin Jenkins, George Mackay Brown, Norman MacCaig, Liz Lochhead and, the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith. Polygon endeavours to publish the best in Scottish writing and counts among its authors Kevin MacNeil, Denzil Meyrick and Rosemary Goring, as well as International writers including Jan-Philipp Sendker. And, music and film titles are written by acclaimed music journalists such as Tom Doyle.
 
 
BC Books – Bold Books for Curious Kids – is designed to provide writing and illustration of the highest quality for young readers throughout the UK and beyond. BC Books is dedicated to nurturing young readers and helping them discover a passion for reading that will last a lifetime. 
 
Arena Sport is a sport imprint and is designed for the general trade. The sport books range from football and rugby, to golf and cycling. These books have an international as well as national appeal. 
 

Birlinn eBook publishes Birlinn Limited's eBooks across all imprints.

John Donald publishes academic books.