Confessions Book Launch

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Confessions Book Launch

The book launch (the progress of which can be found here) is shaping up rather nicely and promises to be a right Scottish shindig, complete with our very own giant Scotsman, Big Rory, in attendance.

On Tuesday 8 December, Big Rory will pipe guests into the launch of our new, contemporary version of James Hogg’s classic book: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Watch this space…!


MSc Publishing Graduates 2009!

HUGE congratulations to our 2008/09 MSc Publishing graduates, some of who (in red gowns, proudly holding copies of their publication, The Thirty-nine Steps) are shown here with Lecturers Avril Gray and Derek Allan.

We wish you every success in your Publishing careers!

Thanks to Laura MacNicol (front row, far right) for this photo from yesterday’s graduation ceremony.

Kirsty & Linzi; Ask an Author!

Happy Halloween, fellow publishing peeps!

Linzi and myself have created the new blog feature; Ask an Author.

This week, for our very first mini-interview, we trekked to the west coast to pay the culinary legends, The Hairy Bikers, a visit. The hirsute duo have just released their new cookbook The Food Tour of Britain which was published by Orion this week. While they were appearing at the good food show in Glasgow they took time out of their busy schedule to answer our little question and sign a copy of their book.

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Arr, Me Hearties!

With the Kindle having landed in the UK, concerns have turned to the wave of rampant piracy that is – we are assured – bound to follow. However, rather than a traditional band of marauding villains storming the bookstores en masse, the reality is somewhat bleak and uninteresting. For those who are unaware of the methods involved in book piracy, a brief overview: Continue reading “Arr, Me Hearties!”

Kids Today…

I have recently become fascinated with children’s reading habits, and comparing them to my own when I was a child. I would read constantly. It all started with my parents’ love of the written word, I think.

It suddenly hit me last Christmas when I bought my niece  (age 6), the book Where the Wild Things Are. She had absolutely no interest in reading it or even looking at it. I asked my brother why his daughter hated books so much… his reaction was a shrug of the shoulders.

Is it up to parents to get their children interested in reading or is it the job of  school teachers?

I found this article on the BBC News website: it’s a survey about children’s interests in television compared to books… Enjoy!

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