We are very excited to have won the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Award, which was announced by Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, on Friday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The award, given to the company with the most exciting and progressive developmental story to tell over the previous year, was accepted and warmly welcomed by a delighted Sara Hunt.
She said: "I’m thrilled that we have been honoured with this award, especially because it is dedicated to the memory of Dr Gavin Wallace, whose knowledge, encouragement and support of everyone associated with Scottish literature and publishing was absolutely incomparable. It is to the credit of our authors, our small and dedicated team, and the partners we work collaboratively with. It’s also a huge surprise given that the achievements of the shortlisted companies are all so impressive."
The award judges said that Saraband has taken "huge steps" in changing the focus on its publishing list and formats in response to industry changes, and to have continued during 2012/2013 to move Scottish authors to the heart of its business. Saraband was selected to represent Scotland's creative industries at the Scotland House showcase during the 2012 Olympics.
We were also pleased to see that our colleagues at Floris Books received a commendation for their fantastic work "revitalising classic Scottish children's novels and authors for a new generation".
Also shortlisted were BackPage Press, Barrington Stoke, Edinburgh University Press and Freight Books, and we’d like to offer our congratulations to them.
Jim Tough, executive director of the Saltire Society, said the society had been encouraged by the number, range and quality of applications for the award. Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer said: "Saraband and the other shortlisted publishers represent a Scottish publishing industry in very good health."
The judges were: Jenny Brown (literary agent), Rosamund de la Hey (Main Street Trading Company), Claire Malcolm (New Writing North), Marion Sinclair (Publishing Scotland's Chief Executive), Professor Claire Squires (University of Stirling) and Aly Barr (Creative Scotland).
The award is supported by Creative Scotland and Publishing Scotland, and was launched this year in order to celebrate excellence and innovation in Scottish publishing. This year’s award was dedicated to Dr Gavin Wallace in recognition of his enormous contribution and commitment to Scottish Literature.