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Meadows Marathon Madness!

Sitting down, with a cup of tea and my feet up, I would like to say a big congratulations to all the fun runners, half marathon and full marathon runners who took part in the Meadows Marathon today! Despite the recent sunny spell not lasting, there was a great atmosphere with hundreds of people actively raising awareness and money for their chosen charities and causes, in fancy dress choices from bananas to bathroom taps!

Myself and Juliane chose to take part in the fun run to raise awareness of Merchiston Publishing’s latest live projects – Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Glorious Thing by Christine Orr. As well as talking to many individuals about the projects today, we also contributed promotional material to the runners bags that all participants received at the finish line giving the link to our publishing by degrees website – publishingdegree.co.uk.

ImageIt’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it!

ImageTwo hundred and seventy goody bags ready to go!

Sweets may seem like a strange choice to include in a marathon runners bag, but there was a significance for this decision, apart from runners needing a good sugar boost of course! The vampire fangs and gummy teeth were chosen to represent Olalla, a novella of gothic theme that tells the story of a mysterious family with a strange penchant for human blood! Now for a fun fact that will hopefully help you in future table quizzes – jelly babies were originally called ‘peace babies’ to celebrate the end of the First World War! Which is fitting to represent The Glorious Thing as it is a novel set in the home front of Edinburgh during this very war.

ImageThe beautiful finish line.ImageTwo tired and smelly publishers. (L-R): Niamh O’ Brien and Juliane Schmidt.

Apart from having a great morning out and realising how unfit we are, it was really great to raise some awareness for our projects in a ‘novel’ way and inspiring to see how many people were interested in what we were doing, as well as hear some of their stories as well. Simoné Hinrichsen, a journalism student at Edinburgh Napier University, filmed our experience and a video of how we got on will be available to view in the near future, so stay tuned if you want to see us seriously struggling around the meadows and learn more about the projects!

Vagabond Voices: An Author’s Perspective

During my placement with Vagabond Voices, I had the fortune of attending two of their launches:  Allan Massie’s Surviving (to conclude a memorable first day) and The Lost Art of Losing by Gregory Norminton, the second book of aphorisms to be published by Vagabond Voices.

After the latter event, I approached Gregory to ask about the unusual form of the aphorism, and why we haven’t seen more of them in print, to which he replied, “I suppose the perception that no one would purchase a book of aphorisms is the main reason we don’t see more in print.” Among those who had arrived to pick up a copy of Gregory’s “little book” were Alasdair Gray, Bernard MacLaverty, and another of Vagabond Voices’ writers, Chris Dolan.

The seemingly irresistible little volume is perfectly proportioned to be picked up and dipped into for moments at a time; as Gregory summarized, with his characteristic concision and style,  “After all, when should the book be read if not in snatches: on the Tube between proximate stations, or for a moment while brushing your teeth?”

When asked about his experiences with Vagabond Voices, Gregory lauded the creative support and personal touch which developed through working with a small publisher, and described the benefits of the intimate author-publisher collaboration which could be achieved in this setting: “Working with a small publisher, specifically Vagabond Voices, I find an attention to detail, a care and a commitment to each book, which can be missing from bigger publishing houses. The former has to nurture, within its limited means, every hatchling” – a statement with which, as an intern of Vagabond Voices, I can readily identify.

Men assert, women know.

Toleration should not be confused with respect. Of course you are entitled to your opinion – as am I to treat it with contempt.

Fearless” is an epithet which bigots apply to themselves. An open mind grapples constantly with dread.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Lost-Art-Losing-Gregory-Norminton/9781908251060

@Vagabondvoices

A Date for your Diary

Edinburgh Napier University Publishing students printers visitMSc Publishers spent the afternoon at Letts printers. They are the largest print maufacturer in Scotland and as the market leader, they produce over 20 million diaries a year.

The students were impressed with the sheer scale of production and the specialist processes used in Notebook and Diary manufacture.

Thanks to Graham Ellis and and his team for a highly informative tour.

See their website: www.letts.co.uk/

Ask the experts: careers in magazine publishing

Avril_gray_webAvril Gray joined a panel of experts to provide careers advice for The Guardian readers. The Q&A – ‘Careers in magazine publishing’ – advised on the different careers available in the sector, and the skills and qualifications required to secure these sought-after positions.

Publishing is the UK’s largest creative industry. It is a popular career choice for many graduates, and is incredibly hard to get into without appropriate work experience, or a relevant qualification. Avril leads the only industry accredited publishing programme in the UK.

The blog can be viewed on The Guardian website: http://careers.guardian.co.uk/careers-in-magazine-publishing

Open Day … or should that be ‘Evening’…

Take your career in a new direction: MSc PublishingRecognising that many people interested in studying Publishing with us travel from across the UK or would prefer to visit us after a hard day’s work, we have organised an Open Evening, rather than an Open Day.

Come along to our informal
Postgraduate Information Evening
on Tuesday 22 November,
any time between 5pm and 7pm.

Meet academic and support staff and find out more about
MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University.

Whether you are looking to study full time or part time, we will be happy to talk about what suits you best.

This year’s events will feature:

•  Information from MSc Publishing programme staff
•  Student support staff on hand to answer your questions
•  Hosted on Merchiston Campus, where you will be studying

Open Evening: Merchiston Campus (in the Glass Box), 22rd November, 5–7pm

MSc Publishing Welcomes Head of Publishing Scotland

This year’s new arrivals to MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University were welcomed to the industry by one of the most important figures in Scottish, if not British, publishing.

Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland, opened the door on the exciting world of publishing and provided a taste of the calibre of speakers who regularly give of their time to talk to our students.

Photo shows Marion Sinclair (left) and Prof. Alistair McCleery speaking to MSc Publishing students in our Castle Room, Craighouse Campus.