This Leap Day, Love Lilith

Need a reason to love Lilith? At Merchiston, we have plenty!

Check out our new Loving Lilith video!


Illustrator Confirmed for ‘McLevy’

Breaking news – Edinburgh-based illustrator Iain McIntosh has been confirmed for the cover of McLevy.

Iain McIntosh is best known for his colourful illustrations of Alexander McCall Smith’s books. You can see his extensive collection of illustrations at his website.

Our group is very excited to have such a well-known illustrator working on the project!

Peter Pan brings Christmas cheer to Sick Kids

MSc Publishing students donate "Peter and Wendy"Edinburgh’s sick children got a dose of Christmas cheer yesterday when 100 free copies of children’s classic, Peter and Wendy, were delivered to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

The much loved tale about the boy who never grew up celebrates its publishing centenary this year.

And to mark the milestone MSc Publishing students from Edinburgh Napier University have produced a new edition of J.M. Barrie’s magical tale.

The book has been published with the permission of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, who Barrie gave his Peter Pan works copyright to in 1929.

Avril Gray, Programme Leader for Postgraduate Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “The new book will be delivered to children’s hospitals across the UK to bring the magic of Peter Pan to children at a time when they often feel sad or afraid.

“It’s a beautiful edition of a well-loved children’s classic and this donation of 100 copies is a very fitting finale to the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Peter and Wendy first being published.”

Janice MacKenzie, Chief Nurse, Royal Hospital for Sick Children said: “We are delighted to be the first hospital to benefit from this lovely gift.

“The excitement of Peter and Wendy, pirates and fairies is sure to produce smiles across the hospital, particularly at this time of year when being in hospital is even harder to bear.”

The centenary edition of Peter and Wendy has been published by Merchiston Publishing – the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University.

The University now offers two masters in publishing – MSc Magazine Publishing and MSc Publishing. This year MSc Publishing became the first and only publishing course in the UK to be accredited by the Periodicals Training Council.

Centenary Edition of JM Barrie’s Peter and Wendy

Final cover for Peter and Wendy
Final cover

This year’s Postgraduate graduation ceremony was particularly exciting for staff and students on MSc Publishing as it also marked the day that copies of Peter and Wendy were distributed to all the students involved in its creation.

Our thanks go to Glasgow printers, Bell and Bain, for printing such a high-quality book and to the Edward Clark Trust for providing the funding. This beautiful new centenary edition of JM Barrie’s well-loved children’s story featuring Peter Pan will now be distributed to children in hospitals across Scotland. Find out more…

The kelpies have arrived!

They came from a land far-far-away… well actually from Falkirk. Two magnificent 3 metre high Kelpies reared up at Craighouse campus to celebrate our new edition of classic Scottish children’s book, The Kelpie’s Pearls. Written by Mollie Hunter, the novel has been given a fresh lease of life by students on the university’s MSc Publishing course through its Merchiston Publishing imprint.

Hundreds of copies of The Kelpie’s Pearls will now be given free to primary schools in the capital along with teaching materials based on Hunter’s magical tale.

Amanda Fisher, who helped project manage production of the book said: “Promoting literacy and the pleasure of a good read is at the heart of Merchiston Publishing’s remit, and we saw The Kelpie’s Pearls as the perfect book to capture the imaginations of a whole new generation of young Scots.”

Want to see more of the our book launch party.

Turning heads AND pages

Kids and kelpiesTwo giant Kelpies will give a mythical stamp of approval to a student publishing venture today (May 19).

The supernatural water horses reared up at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craighouse campus to help promote a new edition of classic Scottish children’s book, The Kelpie’s Pearls.

Written by Mollie Hunter, the novel has been given a fresh lease of life by students on the university’s MSc Publishing course through its Merchiston Publishing imprint.

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Imagined Corners Launch

Once again, third-year Publishing students and Merchiston Publishing have undertaken the task of re-releasing a classic novel – this time it’s Willa Muir’s Imagined Corners.
Information on the author, the novel, and the project itself can be found on the student-run blog, available here.

What we’d like is for those of you who are interested to vote on the cover image. Have a look at these covers… Continue reading “Imagined Corners Launch”