In 2019, Bradford Literature Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival launched an exciting new collaboration designed to unite publishers from Scotland and the North of England.  Northern Lights, the first major industry-focused gathering to bring together publishers from both sides of the border, will offer publishing professionals the chance to discuss key issues in a series of panel discussions and workshops and share expertise around developing inclusivity and diversifying readership.

Northern Lights, supported by Creative Scotland and Arts Council England, will focus on developing new working relationships within the publishing sector in the North of the United Kingdom and creating a centre of gravity for the industry as a counterweight to London and New York.  The project aims to enhance the financial sustainability of the Northern-based publishing sector through developing professional skills and increasing national and international exposure.


The August event has now passed, and tickets are no longer available. If you would like to see the programme from the event please click here.


Through the support of Creative Scotland and Arts Council England a small fund has been established to enable delegates and participants to travel to and attend the events.  Prospective delegates are invited to apply to Edinburgh through

Download the Northern Lights at Edinburgh International Book Festival programme (PDF)