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Author of <i>The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh</i> has been recognised by English Heritage with a Blue Plaque.
01 July 2019
More than forty years after his death, writer and illustrator Chiang Yee – know as The Silent Traveller – has been recognised by English Heritage with a Blue Plaque.

Chiang Yee arrived in London in 1933 at the age of 30, it was his intention to study at the London School of Economics...

Three Polygon authors on both the long and shortlists for the McIlvanney Prize 2019
01 July 2019

The longlist for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize, formally known as The Sottish Crime Book of the Year, has been announced. We are pleased to report that A Breath on Dying Embers by Denzil Meyrick and

We are saddened by the news of the death of Rev Ruth Scott, author of <i>Between Living and Dying: Reflections from the Edge of Experience</i>.
22 February 2019
It has been announced that Ruth Scott, author of Between Living and Dying: Reflections from the Edge of Experience has died.

Ruth Scott was an Anglican priest, author and broadcaster who travelled widely, particularly to the Middle East and Northern Ireland where she was...
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...