MSc Publishing students at Edinburgh Napier University are proud to be working on a brand new illustrated edition of Naomi Mitchison’s Travel Light.
We chose the title as a group and are involved with every step of its production, from researching the market, editing the text and commissioning original illustrations from William B. Hill. Hopefully we will resolve the complicated copyright issues soon, in which case the book will be launched and distributed freely to children’s libraries around Edinburgh, as well as the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Travel Light is the story of Halla, a princess cast out of her home as a baby by the new queen. She lives with bears, then dragons, and learns about treasure and heroes while taking on bearish and dragonish habits. Halla is visited by the All-Father who teaches her that there is no need to hoard treasure, and when Halla accepts this she truly learns to travel light.
Though this book was first published in 1952, the adventure and fantasy is still fresh and engaging today. We have had extremely positive responses from librarians who would be keen to host events promoting the book in their libraries, and to receive copies to share with their young readers. By bringing this book back to Edinburgh, we hope to show support for libraries in these challenging times and make reading an enjoyable experience for the whole family.