10338725_10152271097194213_1271137288329369682_nAs part of my internship with the Scottish Centre for the Book for the collaborative project “40 Years of Scottish Publishing” with Dundee University and Publishing Scotland, I managed to secure a placement with network body for the book publishing industry.

The project I mainly worked on, reflecting on the last 40 years of publishing in Scotland and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Publishing Scotland, was a great challenge and a highly interesting opportunity for me to gain insights in the work of a membership body.

16013_10152271096969213_5074433640570345436_nAs three partners in different locations worked on different parts of the project, I started getting an overview, joined meetings and set up a shared database. The whole idea of this project was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Publishing Scotland with an exhibition, which will be shown throughout Scotland in different venues. Therefore the work was divided into producing exhibition panels and an accompanying booklet, as well as organising the exhibition launch, and the various venues afterwards.

As three other students and I already had started working on the booklet, my first main task was to bring all the different parts together, create a consistent layout and compile all extra material needed for the 48-page publication. … My second field of work was to help organising the launch event, which took place on the 16th of May at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Therefore we designed invitations, organised the venue, selected catering, set up the exhibition, filled goody bags and created a slide show representing all the members of Publishing Scotland. The evening was a huge success, around 100 industry people came to celebrate and network whilst enjoying the amazing anniversary cake!


With the office in the city centre of Edinburgh, a friendly and open-minded working atmosphere and bagpipe music in the background, I really enjoyed working with Publishing Scotland. I got the opportunity to make a lot of great contacts and work with different people from various parts of the industry. Thank you!