1. Top quality book binge

    Imagine receiving a dozen or so of the best books published in English in 2022. That’s what one lucky reader will win just by signing up for our monthly Trust newsletter.

    In a prize draw held in partnership with the organisers of the 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, we’re giving away the entire 2022 Prize longlist, whittled down by the judges from hundreds of eligible non-fiction titles from authors and publishers around the world.

    The longlist is announced in September and details will be posted at bailliegiffordprize.co.uk
    For good measure, as well as copies of all the newly published books, the winner will also receive a mixed case of Laithwaites wine, to be delivered, like the books, in good time for Christmas.

    To enter, fill in the form for our monthly Trust newsletter at bailliegifford.com/prizedraw45 or, if you’re already a subscriber, you can simply enter your details in the same prize draw form. The closing date for the prize is Sunday 4 December 2022, and the winner will be contacted before Friday 9 December. Good luck!

  2. Mingle with the managers

    For Baillie Gifford trust shareholders and others who like to hear directly from our investment trust managers about the companies, themes and developments currently on their radar: some dates for your diaries.

    On 23 March 2023, we’re holding our Private Investor Forum at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. At this event, managers of the trusts will present their vision and views, and answer questions from attendees.

    Meanwhile, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust will be holding its own investor events for shareholders and others, when manager Tom Slater and deputy manager Lawrence Burns will set out the Trust’s plans and priorities.

    If you’d like to come along to the above, or hear about future investor events, sign up at bailliegifford.com/email

  3. Hooked on non-fiction?

    As the main sponsor of the UK’s biggest book festivals, Baillie Gifford gets to talk to some of the world’s most acclaimed and interesting writers. Here’s a sample of some of the things they’ve told us.

  4. “We’ve got this position where the [big data] incumbents are incredibly powerful. And in pretty much every jurisdiction, there’s a debate about how to address that market power and the political power that goes with it.”

    Diane Coyle
    (economist)

    “This isn’t just a happy story about the wonderful globalisation of science. It is also about how the histories of slavery and empire, war, race and ideological conflict have shaped science.”

    James Poskett
    (historian)

    “The rates of improvement on a year-by-year basis are much faster than we saw in the steam age, printing press, or first diesel engines, and are being sustained over decades.”

    Azeem Azhar
    (futurist)

    “None of us can see the cultural assumptions that shape us, unless we periodically go and swim with other fish and look back at our own water.”

    Gillian Tett
    (journalist)