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New Review of the Literature and Publishing Sector in Scotland

A review of the Literature and Publishing sector in Scotland was published on Thursday 9 July 2015.

The independent study provides an overview of contemporary literature provision, reflecting the successes and the distinct qualities of Literature and Publishing in Scotland whilst at the same time identifying development needs, future challenges and opportunities which will help inform the future work to best support literature and publishing in Scotland.

The review, commissioned by Creative Scotland, and overseen by a Steering group made up from representatives from the literature and publishing sector, was carried out by Nordicity in association with Drew Wylie Ltd.

This is the largest and most comprehensive review of this sector ever undertaken in Scotland, with findings based on more than 60 individual interviews, a series of open session discussions and more than 1,000 online survey responses.

The Review has produced a broad spread of recommendations aimed at improving the health of literature in Scotland and sustaining the sector as a vibrant and resonant form of cultural expression, and as an important creative industry. It covers a range of areas including individual writers, the publishing industry, developing readers, the sector ecology and the international promotion and development of Scottish writing.

Download the full review

July 13, 2015
New Review of the Literature and Publishing Sector in Scotland

Literature Forum submission to The Smith Commission

Following the decision to set up The Smith Commission chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin, the views of the people of Scotland, campaign and community groups, civic society organisations and institutions were sought on the powers which should be devolved to strengthen the Scottish Parliament.

In its submission the Literature Forum for Scotland stressed that literature in all its aspects is vital to Scotland’s educational and cultural future, and urged the Commission to secure the devolution to Scotland of the necessary powers to facilitate needed improvements to the conditions for writers and for literature in Scotland on a par with other similar countries.  Specific proposals included artists’ visas, artists’ exemptions, stronger international control and broadcasting. The emphasis was laid on the Commission securing the necessary enabling powers with any specific proposals for literature to be subsequently discussed and agreed with writers and other artists in Scotland.

The full submission may be read here: Literature Forum for Scotland (Submission to the Smith Commission Scotland October 2014) (1). Comments are welcome to Ann Matheson (a.matheson@tinyworld.co.uk) and Robyn Marsack (rmarsack@spl.org).

December 1, 2014
Literature Forum submission to The Smith Commission

Literature Forum submission to the Creative Scotland Literature and Publishing Review

The Literature Forum for Scotland welcomes Creative’s Scotland literature and publishing sector review as a means of identifying through consultation in an open way the main priorities for literature in Scotland in the short, medium and long term, improving and building upon what has already been achieved. The Literature Forum wishes to see the results of the review improving conditions for writers and publishers working in Scotland and all those involved in literature, being ambitious for literature within Scotland and for the presentation and promotion of Scottish literature beyond its borders.

The Literature Forum’s full submission may be read here: LFS (Creative Scotland Literature Review, 8 December 2014, final). Comments are welcome to Ann Matheson and Robyn Marsack. More information about the literature and publishing sector review may be found on the Creative Scotland website

 

December 1, 2014
Literature Forum submission to the Creative Scotland Literature and Publishing Review

Literature Forum submission to National Strategy Working Group on Public Libraries

The Literature Forum for Scotland has responded warmly to the current initiative by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) in making the case for a national strategy for public libraries in Scotland to the COSLA Sports, Arts and Culture Working Group.  Libraries and literature are inextricably linked and the Literature Forum views the concurrence of the work on a strategy for public libraries in Scotland and the current Creative Scotland Literature Review as a major opportunity for considering issues that are essential to the success of both libraries and literature in improving the spread of knowledge, encouraging the talents and enhancing the lives – civic and personal – of today’s and tomorrow’s citizens in Scotland.

The Literature Forum’s full submission to the National Strategy Working Group may be downloaded here: Literature Forum for Scotland (Submission to National Strategy for Public Libraries, December 2014, final). Comments are welcome to Ann Matheson and Robyn Marsack.

December 1, 2014
Literature Forum submission to National Strategy Working Group on Public Libraries

Scottish Government consultation on an Interim Constitution for Scotland

Prior to the Scottish Referendum the Scottish Government announced a Bill and consultation paper on an interim constitution for Scotland. The purpose of the Bill and consultation paper was to facilitate as wide and open a debate on the constitution of an independent Scotland as possible, with a closing date of  20 October 2014 for responses.

In its response to the consultation The Literature Forum for Scotland underlined its wish for an interim constitution to include: a right to one’s language and culture, to education, to freedom of expression and rights of access to information, to personal privacy, and the freedom of science, the arts and higher education to be guaranteed in any future constitution.

The full response may be read here: Literature Forum for Scotland (Interim Constitution Response, October 2014); and the consultation is available at: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/elections-and-constitutional-development-division/scottish-independence-bill/supporting_documents/00452762.pdf. Comments are welcome to Ann Matheson (a.matheson@tinyworld.co.uk) and Robyn Marsack (rmarsack@spl.org).

December 1, 2014
Scottish Government consultation on an Interim Constitution for Scotland