A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

International Literature Summit 2016

LAS Summit on the International Promotion of Literature & Books 2016

The summary notes for this event are here. We welcome feedback & comments.

DATE: Wednesday 23 November 2016

TIME: 10am to 4pm (Registration from 9.30am).

VENUE: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Please note: this event was by invitation

This one-day Summit was the first event of its kind to bring together writers, publishers, literature organisations and the main public agencies in Scotland with a responsibility for the promotion of Scotland’s literature and languages internationally.

The aim was to discuss the main issues together and take a first, practical step towards a joined-up, strategic international presence for Scotland’s literature and languages.

The Summit responded directly to Recommendation 31 of Creative Scotland’s Literature and Publishing Review (2015), in which it is recommended that leading literature institutions and publishers convene a summit for laying the groundwork for a strategic and coordinated international presence.

The hashtag for the event was: #LiteratureSummit


10.00Welcome by Donald Smith, LAS Vice-Chair
Introduction by Magnus Linklater, Summit Chair
Opening Address by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Scotland's Minister for International Development & Europe
Keynote writer address by James Robertson
10.20Session 1: Literature Organisations' Perspective. What needs to be done? Chaired by Magnus Linklater
Fiona Brownlee of Brownlee Donald Associates for Association of Scottish Literary Agents (ASLA)
Duncan Jones, Director, Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS)
Eleanor Pender, Communications Executive, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
Nick Barley, Festival Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland
Asif Khan, Director, Scottish Poetry Library
11.45Session 2: Public Agencies' & Tourism Panel, responding to Session One. Chaired by Magnus Linklater
Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, Creative Scotland
Cortina Butler, Director of Literature, British Council
Jeni Oliver, International Executive Creative Industries, SDI
James McVeigh, Head of Marketing & Innovation, Festivals Edinburgh & steering group member, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group
13.30Session 3: Writers' Panel. What additional support do writers need internationally? Chaired by David Robinson
Gavin Francis
Vivian French
Kathleen Jamie
Ronald Frame
14.15Session 4: Publishers' Panel. What more could be done internationally? Chaired by Jenny Brown
Hugh Andrew, MD, Birlinn
Andrea Joyce, Rights Director, Canongate Books
Katy Lockwood-Holmes, Publisher, Floris Books
Adrian Searle, Publisher, Freight Books
Rosemary Ward, Director, Gaelic Books Council
Robert Davidson, Publisher & MD, Sandstone Press
15.15Session 5: Resolutions & Next steps. Chaired by Magnus Linklater
15.55Closing Remarks - LAS Vice-Chair

Further information: Communications Officer, Jenny Kumar on jenny@jkconsultancy.com or 07989 557198

Directions to the Scottish Storytelling Centre
By train: The Centre is a short walk from Waverley station. Take the Market Street exit and walk up the Scotsman Steps onto North Bridge or exit via Princes Street and walk up North Bridge.

By bus: The number 35 goes along the High Street or you can get the number 5, 7, 8 or 14 which stop on North Bridge.

By car: There is pay-and-display parking on Jeffrey Street and Canongate and a multi-storey car park at St John’s Hill. Visitors can be dropped off outside the centre and there is a taxi rank very close the Centre.

Please note: this event was by invitation.

The follow-up meeting to the Summit took place on 25 January. More information is here.