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Publishing Scotland announces year-round YS2022 programme – ‘Shaping Scotland’s Stories’

Publishing Scotland, the trade and network body for the book publishing sector, is delighted to unveil a look at their 2022 annual programme, tying in with VisitScotland’s ‘Year of Stories’ national campaign, in an expansive twelve month run of events, online content, and more in celebration of the country’s publishing landscape.

VisitScotland, the country’s national tourist board, runs themed years to celebrate the very best of Scotland and its people. The Year of Stories looks to spotlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland, encouraging locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events, and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

As the Year of Stories naturally offers significant spotlight and opportunity for books and authors, Publishing Scotland’s complementary programme, which is subtitled ‘Shaping Scotland’s Stories’, will build upon its annual offerings for the trade to pursue new and innovative ways to showcase publishers and the work they do in bringing these stories to life to the wider public, alongside spotlighting the breadth of talent in Scotland’s literature sector.

Strands will include partnering with book festivals across the country in sponsored events, many of which will offer a ‘behind the scenes’ element of publishing, such as pairing editors and authors to discuss their process. Events include Paisley Book Festival featuring Mick Kitson and Anne Pia and their respective editors, Aberdeen’s crime festival Granite Noir with Leela Soma and Ewan Gault, StAnza poetry festival, and many more to be announced in due course.

Publishing Scotland’s annual film – the last two of which have focused on nature publishing and crime writing respectively – will turn its focus to the history and talent of Scotland’s children’s publishing sector. Alongside a brand new website for the organisation, launching in the new year, Publishing Scotland will host year-round Year of Stories digital content, from curated lists and features across a range of themes, to further showcase the stellar literary talent connected to Scotland’s shores, with particular focus on the publishers.

On top of these dedicated projects, the organisation’s annual offerings will be shaped to complement the Year of Stories national campaign, with thousands of trade catalogues showcasing member publishers and books that fit within the key Visit Scotland themes – iconic stories and storytellers, new stories, Scottish people and places, local tales and legends, and inspired by nature – being available in bookshops, libraries and visitor centres across the country – complete with a newly commissioned poem from Edinburgh Makar Hannah Lavery, ‘The Gaithering’ – and new editorial strands in Books from Scotland’s monthly issues, celebrating the latest releases.

The year-long project is being coordinated by Heather McDaid alongside the Publishing Scotland team. For those looking to pitch Scottish books or authors for feature content or events, you can contact Heather at heather.mcdaid@publishingscotland.org.

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Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland: “Publishing is where stories meet the world.  We welcome very warmly the arrival of Year of Stories 2022 as a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the work of writers and publishers in Scotland. Publishing in Scotland began over 500 years ago – the contribution it has made to getting stories out to the wider world still continues to this day with member publishers, agents and booksellers across the entire country. The work of selecting, commissioning, developing, shaping, producing, marketing, and selling, all plays a huge part in helping stories reach their audience.” 

Heather McDaid, Events and Programme Support Officer, Publishing Scotland: “VisitScotland’s campaign is a great opportunity for the Scottish book world to celebrate under one umbrella – a chance for us to further spotlight the work that goes into making books, showcasing not only many brilliant authors, but the teams and processes behind the scenes, working hard to bring stories to life. Across the year, Publishing Scotland will be celebrating Scottish stories in their many forms, and further showcasing the vibrant talent of Scotland’s publishing and literary sector.” 

LINKS

Twitter: @PublishScotland, @ScottishBooks, @VisitScotland, #YS2022
Visit Scotland’s Themed Years: https://www.visitscotland.org/events/funding/themed-year-funding
Publishing Scotland: https://publishingscotland.org
Publishing Scotland annual films:
– Second Nature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8YsMC-HqAc
– Dark Travellers: The Rise of Scottish Crime Writing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q2WZrr4J1o

Reproduced from Publishing Scotland press release. 

December 14, 2021

Year of Stories 2022 events revealed

VisitScotland has unveiled their new Themed Year for 2022, Scotland’s Year of Stories with a nationwide programme of more than 60 events, presented by a range of partners from national organisations to community groups.

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 embodies the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. As the year progresses, they will continue to add events throughout 2022.

Book festivals, musical journeys, favourite cartoon characters and fresh takes on our culture and heritage, will form part of a dazzling programme of events to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

The programme was launched by VisitScotland senior figures and Scotland’s Makar Kathleen Jamie, along with a new promotional video (below) featuring the voice of Game of Thrones star James Cosmo. The Clydebank-born actor, known for his role in the fantasy epic as well as numerous Scottish film and TV shows, lends his distinctive timbre to inspire visitors and locals to explore Scotland and celebrate the Year of Stories.

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 will begin on 1 January 2022 and run until 31 December 2022. Join the conversation online using #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland.

Read on to find out more about what the Year of Stories has in store:

The story begins across January-March with:
  • Glasgow’s Celtic Connections presenting ‘Whisper the Song’, a series of five newly commissioned events celebrating Scotland’s rich tradition of stories, interwoven with music, song and film.
  • Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, beginning with a celebration of Burns then featuring a varied programme of events, exhibitions and experiences that will run across the year.
  • Spectra – Scotland’s Festival of Light, returns to Aberdeen in February, celebrating the humour, seriousness and sheer gallus of Scotland’s storytellers, including ‘Writ Large’, which will beam the country’s finest contemporary storytellers’ prose and poetry in large scale projections and neon.
Turning the page into spring 2022 (March-April) events:
  • StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival presents Stories like starting points, exploring the role of stories in poetry and introducing a brand-new Young Makars poetry initiative.
  • Stornoway’s An Lanntair presents Seanchas, a series of events, films and special commissions celebrating tales from the Hebrides both real and imagined, modern and ancient.
Summer (May-September) provides plenty to write home about:
  • Borders Book Festival returns to Melrose with a special programme celebrating and exploring tales with themes from Walter Scott, to the Great Tapestry of Scotland.
  • The Wire Women project taking place as part of Perth and Kinross’ Year of Stories with community groups, creatives and cultural organisations sharing the stories of women, all connected through objects in the collections of the new City Hall Museum
  • Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Edinburgh International Film Festival will bring Scotland’s Stories On Screen to iconic and exciting places and spaces.
  • The Dundee Summer (Bash) Street Festival will hail Dundee as the home of comics, celebrating its characters, stories, history and upcoming talent. The city will be declared as BEANOTOWN, with a pop-up comic museum, workshops, talks, film screenings, street fun and world record attempts.
  • The world-renowned Edinburgh International Book Festival presents Scotland’s Stories Now – proving everyone has a story to tell with tales gathered from across the country and then shared at the flagship event.
  • In Skye, SEALL and Gaelic singer Anne Martin lead An Tinne, a collection of songs, stories and objects from across the centuries exploring the deep and fascinating connection between Scotland and Australia.
  • Moray Speyside’s Findhorn Bay Festival will offer a journey of exploration and discovery, celebrating the area’s heritage, landscape and people.
  • The Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland’s National Book Town will present two new commissions, Into the Nicht, an immersive Dark Skies tour, and Walter in Wonderland, a whirlwind theatrical tour through the history of the nation’s literature.
  • The Northern Stories Festival led by Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness promises a spectacular celebration of the stories of the Far North.
Continuing the story into autumn and winter:
  • Transgressive North bringing us Map of Stories, in partnership with the International Storytelling Festival, ‘film ceilidh’ events celebrating the most iconic voices from Scotland’s oral storytelling traditions will invoke the places and landscapes from which they emerge.
  • Stirling Castle plays host to Tales from the Castle, an after-hours event which opens the gates to extraordinary stories and takes you on a journey through language and time.
  • Scotland’s Stories – Community Campfires, led by Scottish Book Trust will take place across the country, engaging with communities and showcasing people’s tales from their own lives. It will feature Luke Winter’s Story Wagon and culminating at Book Week Scotland in November.

There are also a number of events that will take place across the year, with some touring the country:
  • Edinburgh, Benmore, Logan and Dawyck Botanic Gardens will host Of Scotland’s Soils and Soul – a multi-sensory journey celebrating stories inspired by Scotland’s rich and diverse plant life.
  • The Scottish Storytelling Centre & Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust present Figures of Speech with prominent and emerging figures responding to our iconic stories and imagining them afresh, sparking new dialogues and directions.
  • The RSNO bring us Yoyo and the Little Auk, a new story celebrating our diverse cultures for Early Years Audiences with an animated film and live performances at events and festivals across Scotland.
  • Songs from the Last Page from Chamber Music Scotland will take place at book festivals, libraries, and community spaces and will create new songs from the last lines of our great and favourite fiction: turning endings into beginnings.

The events programme will bring Scotland’s places and spaces to life, sharing stories old and new covering everything from local tales to oral traditions, iconic books, to tales told on the big screen. They will be told by diverse voices and discovered in many different places, showcasing the many sides of Scotland’s distinct culture.

Across the country, from national to community organisations and businesses, people are preparing to tell their tales of Scotland, shining a spotlight on iconic stories and storytellers, tales of our people, places and legends and stories inspired by nature.

For 2022, the Themed Year will include a brand new events programme strand. The Community Stories Fund has been designed to support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate the year, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them. The fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland, with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

Around 100 events will be supported through the Community Stories Fund including:
  • Weaving with words: the magic of Highland Storytelling at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Museum will feature a series of guided storytelling walks around Cromarty from April to October, inspired by the life and works of the 19th century geologist, folklorist and social justice campaigner
  • In March the distinctive story of Easterhouse will be shared in Mining seams and drawing wells: a living archive for Easterhouse, led by Glasgow East Arts Company with local residents
  • A Yarn Worth Spinning led by The Great Tapestry of Scotland will tell the story of the history and culture of textiles in the Scottish Borders from April to June, including an exhibition and fashion show
  • A cross generational project led by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, The Phone Box – East Linton voices shared down the line, will take place in August with a rich soundscape of stories, memories and music.

In addition to the directly funded programme of events, we will work with the widest range of partners to showcase and promote the full gamut of events and activities that celebrate Scotland’s many and diverse Stories across 2022.

From the wider programme of Burns events in January, including National Trust for Scotland’s Burns Big Night In on 22 January, to the 75th Anniversary of our World Festival City to wonderful stories from our National Theatre of Scotland, including Enough of Him, a remarkable story based on the life of one man who changed the course of history, and the ambitious programme coming to Scotland as part of UNBOXED, a UK wide celebration of creativity and innovation. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 will be a year in which stories are shared and created on a huge scale.

 

December 14, 2021