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Carcanet Shortlisted for a Saltire Society Book Cover Award

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

Cover image of In Nearby Bushes by Kei Miller We're delighted to share the news that Kei Miller's In Nearby Bushes has been shortlisted for a Saltire Society Book Cover Award! The design is by our Managing Editor, Andrew Latimer - huge congratulations!

The judges called it "a conceptually strong and unique work that sees the title and author hiding in a newspaper like text", adding: "The use of the strong yellow colour gives a brightness to the overall design."

Sarah Mason, programme director at the Saltire Society, said its shortlistees "exemplify creativity and the relationship between the designer, the publisher and the author", adding: "From augmented reality and the dependence on mobile devices to lyrics on love, work and protest; the shortlisted works show how a book cover can start the conversation before the first page is turned."

Alan Bett of Creative Scotland, an organisation that supports the awards, said: "Cover design helps form our first impressions of a book and communicates what’s within its pages. They often influence which are picked off the shelf, bought and read, and which are not. It is great to see that the Saltire Literary Awards are recognising the art of the book cover; this essential part of the publishing process that results in the engaging and often beautiful designs that help books tell their story."

The winner of the Scottish Book Cover Award will be announced, together with all the Saltire Literary Awards, at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 30th November.

To read the full shortlist and learn more about the awards, visit the Saltire Society website here.

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