Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999 by Managing Director Campbell Brown and Publishing Director Alison McBride. Since then, the business has grown into one of Scotland’s leading publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres and, in 2021, we became part of Bonnier Books UK. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in Scotland, the UK and beyond, some of our bestselling authors include Andrew Cotter, Estelle Maskame, Coinneach MacLeod, Peter Sawkins and Donna Ashworth.
‘The journey starts here…’
Ink Road is our Young Adult imprint. Creating books with a contemporary and forward-thinking focus, we publish both debut and experienced YA authors, including author of the bestselling DIMILY series Estelle Maskame and actor and LGBTQI+ activist Harry Cook (Fin & Rye & Fireflies).
We are committed to publishing YA books to suit every reader’s interests, from epic fantasy novels such as Nicki Pau Preto’s beautiful Crown of Feathers to Akemi Dawn Bowman’s critically acclaimed Starfish. To explore more and keep up to date with our Ink Road news, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Itchy Coo is our award-winning Scots language imprint for children. Producing timeless children’s books written in Scots for all ages, which have included original works such as the Katy series and Animal ABC, as well as translations of bestselling favourite children's authors including Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Whit the Clockleddy Heard), David Walliams (Mr Mingin, Billionaire Bairn), Roald Dahl (Matilda) and J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).
Several of our Itchy Coo titles have also won awards. In 2003 Animal ABC won the Times Educational Supplement Scotland/Saltire Society Prize for Educational Publications; in 2004 King o the Midden was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Book Awards; and in 2007 Katie’s Moose won the Early Years category of the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards. In 2019, Thomas Clark’s Scots translation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary O A Wimpy Wean) won Scots Bairns’ Book o the Year at the Scots Language Awards. Other milestones include Precious and the Puggies by Alexander McCall Smith, which was published in Scots first; Kidnappit, the first Scots language graphic novel; and The Braille Coo, the first ever Braille book in Scots.
For more information on Itchy Coo, visit the website: www.itchy-coo.com.
BROONS BOOKS (INCORPORATING OOR WULLIE)
In 2014 we embarked on a new relationship with D.C. Thomson, dealing with the book publishing output surrounding the Broons and Oor Wullie brands. In addition to a range of calendars and diaries, new titles include Bake with Maw Broon, Knit Your Own Broons and Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket of Laughs Joke Book. As part of this relationship, we have also taken on the titles formerly published by Waverley Books including the bestselling Maw Broon's Cookbook, and look forward to expanding the list. As part of this relationship we also produce calendars for The Scots Magazine and The People's Friend magazine.