We are delighted to announce that Jamie Byng, the owner of the prestigious Scottish independent publisher Canongate, has agreed to be a guest speaker at the launch of the Scottish SYP. Discontent with his postgraduate studies in the early 90s, Jamie Byng was looking for a more satisfying career when a friend suggested that he go into publishing. He joined the Canongate publicity department initially as an unpaid volunteer. However, the company was flirting dangerously with bankruptcy at the time. Luckily, Jamie Byng had just the right sort of contacts to launch a rescue bid for the company, and that's exactly what he did. Jamie Byng expanded Canongate's ethos from its championing of Scottish literature, and the company in the late 90s won praise for its Pocket Canon editions of selected books from the King James Bible. Canongate really hit the headlines in 2002 when the fabulous Life of Pi won the Man Booker Prize, and last year, the company achieved the feat of having 2 titles shortlisted for the prize. In addition to this, Canongate is widely renowned for its practice of publishing literature in translation, such as Arto Paasilinna's sublime The Howling Miller, and the company is also at the forefront of promoting British literary talent, as shown by the recent publication of Scarlett Thomas's mind-blowingly brilliant The End of Mr. Y.