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Kenneth Roy, 26 March 1945–5 November 2018
08 November 2018
Like so many others, we were deeply shocked and saddened by the revelation, in a typically graceful piece by Kenneth Roy for the Scottish Review, that he had a terminal illness, and by his death so shortly after. Many of us at Birlinn have been admirers of his writing for years, so when...
Birlinn Limited shortlisted for the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award 2018
23 October 2018
We are delighted to announce that we have been Shortlisted for the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2018. The shortlist was announced at Waterstones West End on Monday 22 October.

Birlinn won the award for Publisher of the Year in 2017 and has been shortlisted four times and...
Polygon to publish Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize winner Roseanne Watt
28 September 2018
We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing this year’s Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize winner Roseanne Watt. Her first full collection will be published by Polygon, Birlinn Ltd's literary fiction and poetry imprint, in spring 2019.

Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and...
Tickets are now on sale for the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018
26 June 2018






Tickets are now on sale for this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival in August! Again, Birlinn are really well represented across the fortnight and we can't wait to showcase our fabulous authors. There are more details to each event on our events page, however...
An opportunity to work with Scotland’s leading publisher – general, children’s, academic and mapping
29 May 2018


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Birlinn Ltd, Scotland’s leading publisher. We are looking for a sales representative to join the team and carry our own (and associated publishers) range of books and maps to a wide range of retail accounts across Scotland. The main focus...
Musician and illustrator Scott Hutchison has died at the age of 36
11 May 2018
We are devastated to hear the tragic news that Scott Hutchison, lead singer and songwriter for Frightened Rabbit, has died.

Police have confirmed the death of Scott Hutchison, after his body was discovered following his disappearance on Wednesday.

Scott, known also...
Birlinn Limited wins the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award
01 December 2017
Hugh Andrew, founder and Managing Director, received the award on behalf of those who work for and with the company and who have helped to build it to what it is over the years – writers, editors, illustrators and designers, all the staff and freelancers, agents, publicists, printers and...
Birlinn shortlisted for the Saltire Publisher of the Year 2017
13 October 2017
The Saltire shortlist announcement was made last night at Waterstones on Princes Street. Multi-award winning writers James Kelman, Bernard MacLaverty and Denise Mina feature alongside emerging talents Sandra Ireland, Ever Dundas and Kate Hunterin.

Widely regarded as Scotland’s...
Polygon announces the Muriel Spark Centenary Editions
18 September 2017
A bold and fitting centenary celebration of the life and work of one of the world’s great writers, Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark is undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s great writers. Best known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, all of her fiction deserves to be read and re-read....
Liz Lochhead has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sunday Herald Culture Awards
14 July 2017
Scottish writing was recognised in the Author of the Year category and literature was represented across other categories with The Scottish Storytelling Centre nominated for Best Performing Arts Venue and Aye Write, Glasgow’s literary festival, nominated for Cultural Event of the Year. The...