Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing is an independent publishing house based in the Leith area of Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 1999, the company has produced a range of titles, with more than 350 in print, including over 50 in the award-winning Itchy Coo imprint,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] and their new imprint for young adult fiction, Ink Road. Books published include biography, sport, humour, general non-fiction, fiction, young adult fiction and children's books. Black & White Publishing is the publisher of authors such as Daniela Sacerdoti, Ann O'Loughlin, Caroline Grace Cassidy, Estelle Maskame, SJI Holliday, Anthony O'Neill, Andrew Nicoll, Margaret Thomson Davis, Maureen Reynolds, Andrew Cotter, James Robertson, Matthew Fitt, Val McDermid, Elaine C. Smith and Jessie Kesson.[8][9][10][11][12]

Black & White Publishing
FounderCampbell Brown and Alison McBride
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationEdinburgh
DistributionGrantham Book Services
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsInk Road, Itchy Coo

Set up in 2002 with initial funding from the Scottish Arts Council, the Itchy Coo imprint began as a partnership between the publisher and a group of three writers (Matthew Fitt, James Robertson and Susan Rennie).[13][14][15][16] Itchy Coo publishes books in Scots for children and is the primary provider of educational material in the language,[17][18][19][7][20][21][22][23][24] a Scottish Arts Council report stating that "There has never before been such a significant and concentrated input of Scots language materials into schools".[25] Creative Scotland have awarded funding for several titles.[26] Until 2011 Itchy Coo ran an education and outreach programme, delivering 500 in-service training sessions to teachers and visiting 1000 schools.[25] A Scottish Government ministerial working group report stated that "The Itchy Coo project has been the main driver of change for Scots since 2002 and has brought about a huge shift in attitudes towards the language in education".[21] Itchy Coo publish translations into Scots of such authors as Raymond Briggs, Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Jean-Yves Ferri (Asterix), Jeff Kinney, A. A. Milne, J. K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson and David Walliams.[4][27] Dahl's The Eejits and Geordie's Mingin Medicine attained number one bestseller in Scotland.[21][28]

Black & White Publishing has sponsored the Scots Schuil o the Year category since the inception of the Scots Language Awards in 2019.[29][30] They themselves won in the 2019 Scots Business o the Year category and Scots Bairn's Book o the Year was awarded to an Itchy Coo title in 2019 and 2020.[29][30][31][32][33] One of the first Itchy Coo titles, Animal ABC, was awarded the Saltire Society/Times Education Scotland Prize in 2002,[34] and Black & White received a commendation in the 2015 Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award.[35]


  1. ^ "Matilda, Dahl's classic tale, to be published in Scots". HeraldScotland.
  2. ^ "Get ready to read The Diary o a Wimpy Wean". 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ Crampsey, Colette (29 September 2018). "Diary of a Wimpy Kid gets bairn again with first ever Scots translation". Daily Record.
  4. ^ a b "Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be translated into Scots".
  5. ^ "Internet stars Olive and Mabel help Sense Scotland". 4 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane: JK Rowling's book is translated into Scots for first time". HeraldScotland.
  7. ^ a b "Itchy Coo". Scots language Centre.
  8. ^ "Authors", Black & White Publishing.
  9. ^ "Future's bright for Mabel, Olive and lockdown's other unlikely stars". the Guardian. 27 June 2020.
  10. ^ Carlyle, Rachel. "Olive and Mabel: the labradors that broke the internet" – via
  11. ^ Maskame, Estelle (25 June 2015). "Estelle Maskame: how social media made me a publishing sensation". the Guardian.
  12. ^ Lindsay, Caroline. "Relive the childhood magic with Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales in Scots".
  13. ^ "Whit is Itchy Coo?". 14 October 2002. Archived from the original on 14 October 2002.
  14. ^ "Mindin' the Mother Tongue". The Scotsman. 17 August 2002.
  15. ^ "Scots language for schools". Contact Magazine. October 2002.
  16. ^ "Happy Birthday, Swatch!". August 2020.
  17. ^ "4 top tips for using Scots language in the classroom". Tes.
  18. ^ "ITCHY COO - Scots Language Education".
  19. ^ "Announcing the winner: Outstanding Contribution to Children's Books 2020". Scottish Book Trust.
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  21. ^ a b c "Scots language: Ministerial Working Group report -".
  22. ^ "Why children's books are still a success story". HeraldScotland.
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  26. ^ "Scots Language Publication Grant Awards Funding for nine new titles".
  27. ^ "Cover Stories: Dwain Chambers' autobiography; Itchy Coo; Amazon;". The Independent. 23 October 2011.
  28. ^ "Bringing Scots Back To Schools". 27 October 2020.
  29. ^ a b Hannan, Martin (26 October 2020). "Janey Godley and Stuart Paterson muckle winners o' Scots awards". The National (in Scots). NewsQuest. NewsQuest Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  30. ^ a b "Winners annoonced for the Scots Language Awards 2020".
  31. ^ "Winners of first ever Scots language 'Oscars' revealed". Publishing Scotland. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  32. ^ "Scots Language Awards stars win the night at Glasgow's Mitchell Theatre". Scots Language Awards. 28 September 2019.
  33. ^ "Successes at inaugural Scots Language Awards". 30 September 2019.
  34. ^ "Award for Animal ABC". Contact Magazine. March 2003.
  35. ^ "2015".

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