Challenging the Status Quo: Emerging Scottish Publishers as Platforms for Diverse Voices

Challenging the Status Quo: Emerging Scottish Publishers as Platforms for Diverse Voices

12 Mar 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

Literary Translation Centre
Language:
English

A discussion with three emerging and award-winning Scottish publishers, who use innovative models to reach new readerships with diverse literary voices.

Since their highly successful debut collection of feminist essays, Nasty Women (the biggest selling title at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017), 404 Ink have championed diverse voices on their pages and reached new readerships through a number of titles, including Chris McQueer’s Hings – an author who came to prominence through a different channel than most and is widely read by those who state they ‘don’t normally read books’.

Charco Press publish first time translations into English, exclusively from Latin American writers of fiction and were shortlisted for the Man Booker International in their first year with Die My Love. These are international voices that have not previously reached these shores and are injecting something new into the UK publishing scene in terms of form and cultural backdrop.

BHP Comics have diversity of voice at the core of what they do, engaging with important subject matter such as women gaining the right to vote in Great Britain (We Shall Fight Until We win) and Freedom Bound, the interconnected stories of three enslaved people living in Scotland before Scots Law proved slavery illegal. The form, distribution and promotional channels for comics allows them to reach new readers with these themes.

These publishers will discuss their journeys, using interesting new publishing models and promotional plans to source distinct writers and build a loyal and engaged readership.

The Literary Translation seminar programme is produced with the help of funding from Arts Council England and Amazon Crossing Sponsorship

Contributors

  • Laura Jones

    Speaker

    Laura Jones is co-founder and publisher at 404 Ink, the award-winning alternative, independent Scottish publisher who have had many notable...

  • Samuel McDowell

    Speaker

    Samuel McDowell initially trained as a commercial pilot before embarking on a career in Information Technology, working for organisations in both the...

  • Sha Nazir

    Speaker

    Sha Nazir is publisher and art director at BHP Comics, at the forefront of developing a diverse range of graphic novels, using the medium to access a...

  • Mairi Kidd

    Chairperson

    Mairi Kidd is the Interim Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland. Mairi works with individual writers, publishers and...

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