What sorts of activities are you doing to celebrate Year of Stories?
In the spirit of inviting readers behind the scenes into what makes stories, we have been partnering with book festivals across the country and sponsoring events that spotlights our member publishers and their output, ranging from Mick Kitson and Anne Pia and their editors talking through the evolution of their books at Paisley Book Festival, and pairing new crime writers Leela Soma and Ewan Gault at Aberdeen’s Granite Noir, to partnering poet Andrés Ordorica with his editor Rachel Plummer at StAnza Poetry to showcase what goes into taking a collection from its first drafts to a polished manuscript.
We’ve traversed nature writing at Boswell Book Festival, historical fiction at Borders Book Festival and we’ve got more to come, including a new voices showcase at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which will bring together authors and publishers such as Trishna Singh OBE and Fledgling Press, children’s author Corrina Campbell and Little Door Books, and novelist Charlie Roy and Leamington Books, with a performance from poet Anna Cheung to close.
Online, we’re running profiles year-round from our publisher members inviting them to tell their own stories in their own words, highlighting the range of work being published in Scotland. We’re also diving into our members’ backlists to find hidden gems, interviewing a range of authors in line with various monthly sub-themes that we think complement the ethos of Year of Stories.
We’ve also adapted our biannual catalogues which spotlights Scottish books to tie in with the Year of Stories themes and branding – these are available in bookshops, libraries and visitor centres across the country.
All of this will be continuing for the rest of 2022, so we’d love to see you at events, and invite you to come learn more about the amazing work publishers do.