Freight Books: liquidator takes control of award-winning Scottish publisher
Former Scottish publisher of the year wrote to its authors at the beginning of October, encouraging them to buy back their own books
A liquidator has been appointed for the troubled publisher Freight Books, a one-time star of the Scottish publishing scene that was named Scottish publisher of the year in 2015.
According to documents filed at Companies House, WRI Associates was appointed provisional liquidator of Freight Books on 20 October following a court order. With names on its publishing roster including Irvine Welsh and Janice Galloway, the Glasgow-based Freight had been taken to court by the printing company Bell and Bain over unpaid work. Authors had also been raising the fact that they have not been paid, with several literary agents telling the Bookseller in September that their writers had been owed money by Freight for months. One author, who asked to remain anonymous, described the situation to the Guardian as an “unholy mess” earlier this month.