For nearly two months now, speculative whispers and hushed conversations have punctuated day-to-day life here at Merchiston Publishing. Rumours and questions regarding a top-secret project have hung in the air, unanswered. Well, it is time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag, because frankly it is just exhausting to keep up such a glamorous air of mystery.

We are so thrilled to announce that we are working with Birlinn Ltd, Scotland’s largest independent publisher, on a cutting-edge title for their Polygon imprint. We are collaborating to bring the seminal works of the beloved Edinburgh-born poet Norman MacCaig to life on a digital platform. To achieve this, we are integrating additional content such as original manuscripts, interviews, personal correspondence and more, in the form of an interactive eBook.

Many exciting things have happened this week alone, across all of our departments. Firstly, we in marketing are so excited to have been given the okay to share just what we have been up to! Perhaps most excitingly, the hard-working folks on our production team have unveiled a fully functional prototype of the eBook. Finally, some of our editorial squad have been making regular visits to the Birlinn offices to film exclusive video content.

It has taken a great deal of discipline to keep such exciting news under wraps for so long, so naturally we will be compensating for our impressive record of self-restraint with a general policy of oversharing from this point forward. Be sure to check back soon for regular updates and sneak-peeks of the eventual finished product!

The MacCaig Project team