EDINBURGH – July 2015 Creative Scotland recently published a review of the Literature and Publishing sector in Scotland that was undertaken by Nordicity in association with Drew Wylie Ltd.
The Review was the largest and most comprehensive ever undertaken of the sector in Scotland, with findings based upon more than 60 individual interviews, a series of open session discussions with the sector and a thousand responses to a segmented consultation survey. It was commissioned by Creative Scotland and overseen by a steering group comprising representatives of the literature and publishing sector. A broad range of stakeholders was consulted from writers to publishers, to libraries and sector support organisations, amongst others.
Jenny Niven, Head of Literature at Creative Scotland, said:
“It’s clear that in Scotland we have a unique, distinctive and rich cultural asset in literature that makes an enormous impact on many people’s lives and it’s been a privilege to explore this sector and to present suggestions for action which will help secure its long term health.”
Conclusions from the evidence base of the Review has resulted in 38 wide-ranging recommendations, which focus on increasing the connection, collaboration and coordination within the sector both as a means of transmitting the innovation, best practice and quality that we have identified to other parts of the ecosystem, and as a means of harnessing written Scottish cultural expression to the creative industries so important to Scotland’s future. This has meant re-scoping the sector to include the creative written word in a wider context than has traditionally been the case, as well as establishing a single body to promote Scottish writing internationally.
Following publication of this Review, there will a literature and Publishing Summit on 30th July 2015 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow with over 150 individuals, sector representatives and partner bodies to discuss the Review recommendations, agree respective priorities and plan next steps.
The Literature and Publishing Sector Review can be read in full here.
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Nordicity is an international consulting firm providing strategy, policy and economic analysis for the arts, cultural and creative industries. Over the last three decades, Nordicity has become widely recognised as one of the leading international consultancies specialising in the profiling, economic and statistical analysis of the arts, cultural and creative sectors.
Established in the UK since 2008, some of Nordicity’s other British clients have included the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Greater London Authority and Nesta.
ABOUT DREW WYLIE LTD.
Drew Wylie Ltd. is based in East Lothian and works across the creative and cultural industries in Scotland and internationally. Scottish clients have included: Shetland Arts Development; Ayr Gaiety Theatre; Creative Scotland; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; and South Ayrshire Council. The Director of Drew Wylie, Andrew Ormston, will work on the review with the Nordicity team, bringing experience of European projects as well as in depth knowledge of the Scottish cultural scene to the project.
For more information about Drew Wylie Ltd., visit http://drewwylie.net or contact Twitter @drewwylieltd.
ABOUT CREATIVE SCOTLAND
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We do this through funding, development, advocacy and influence and we distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.
We want Scotland to be a country where excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries is recognised and valued; everyone can access and enjoy artistic and creative experiences; places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity; ideas are brought to life by a diverse, skilled and connected leadership and workforce; Scotland is a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.
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