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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...
Free Audio Poetry for National Poetry Day 2016
03 October 2016

In celebration of National Poetry Day 2016 we are giving you the chance to get some free audio poetry in the post, read by two of our poets, Liz Lochhead and Jenni Fagan.

All you have to do is tweet us @PolygonBooks using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay and say,...
'Silver Skin' has been shortlisted for the The Scottish Teenage Book Prize
06 September 2016
We are very pleased to announce that Joan Lennon’s sci-fi, historical, adventure, romance, YA novel Silver Skin has been shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

The other two shortlisted books are: The Last Soldier, a dyslexia-friendly story set in 1920s...
William P. L. Thomson, author of 'The New History of Orkney', has died.
12 July 2016
We are very saddened to learn of the death in Orkney of William P. L. Thomson, on the 6th of July 2016 at the age of 83.

Willie was the author of our The New History of Orkney, The Little General and the Rousay Crofters and of many other books and academic papers....
Public lecture marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of <i>The Poor Had No Lawyers</i>
10 February 2016

Andy Wightman will be talking at the Scottish Story Telling Centre, the public lecture marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of The Poor Had No Lawyers. The talk will cover the main themes of the book, reflecting on the historical context as well as on the challenges...
Liz Lochhead has been awarded The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
18 December 2015
We are delighted to announce that Liz Lochhead has been awarded The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2015. Liz will be presented with the medal by The Queen in 2016.

The Poetry Medal Committee met at Windsor in late November and was unanimous in recommending Liz Lochhead as this...