Scotland Street Press: About Us

“Regular readers will know of our liking for small publishers, and they don’t come much smaller than Scotland Street Press.”

-The Times Literary Supplement (TLS), August 2019

 

Scotland Street Press

Portrait of Jean Findlay founder of Scotland Street Press

Scotland Street Press is a Scottish and International independent publisher of fiction, history, poetry and translation.  We were founded in 2014 in Scotland Street, Edinburgh, by author Jean Findlay on the proceeds of the US rights sale of Chasing Lost Time – the life of C K Scott Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy, Translator.  The company has gone on to publish six books a year, prioritising new and diverse authors, and promotes books through constant live events.

 In our first six years we have certainly made a mark and often punched well above our weight. We have been nominated three times for the Small Press of the Year Award. Our books have been recipients of the ‘PEN translates award’ and two books have been celebrated as ‘WINNER of the English Pen award‘.  This year, 2021, we are on the Longlist for The Republic of Consciousness Prize. We may be small and have a tiny output, but our quality of design and content is widely recognised and we are reviewed by the TLS, the BBC, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Post, The Oban Times, the Orcadian and now by the New York Review of Books.  

Jean Findlay, Founder,
Head of Publishing

 

Our Aim

We are dedicated to diversity and showcasing new and under-represented voices in Scotland. In response to Black Lives Matter our next series ‘International Women 2021’ will include two BAME women poets living in Scotland.  We are committed to developing a publishing house that helps promote Scotland in all its diversity as a distinctive creative voice in the world.

Women’s voices are under represented in literature as a whole in Scotland, and we intend to help redress this balance. We have discovered two outstanding first time female authors and generated a PEN Award for Tania Skarynkina and a nomination for the Carnegie Medal for L. J. MacWhirter.  We are proud that one of our biography’s last year was about a female Polish novelist, reflecting the largest invisible ethnic group in Scotland. Our collection sees five memoirs by older women and fifteen out of twenty-nine titles by women.

We are keen to create books that not only read well, but look beautiful; we aim to combine the visual design, binding, and cover with the literary merit of the contents. Our team of designers and printers work closely with the editorial team to ensure that the themes of the book are accurately translated into a tangible aesthetic.

We hope that our books liven your minds and hearts and inspire you to great things. There are often up to four of us in the office and we work hard on few resources.

Interested in reviewing one of our books? Contact us at scotlandstreetpress@gmail.com or on Twitter.

Small Press of the Year award 2019