What happens when you mix publishing and fashion?

You get outofprintclothing, an independent fashion company that produces t-shirts based on iconic out of print book covers. They treat covers the way they should be, like pieces of art that should be appreciated every day. The best thing of all is that for every t-shirt bought they donate books to communities that need them. I just stumbled across the website and thought that everyone would appreciate this venture.

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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”

Archive celebrates capital’s print industry

Launch of virtual museum celebrating 500 years of the printing and publishing trade in the capital

Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have helped build an archive charting the rise and fall of an industry that supported more than 7,000 jobs in the city at its peak.

Thousands of documents, photographs, books, artworks, company records, and even old machinery have been brought together for the ‘City of Print’ collection.

Archive film and newly recorded material from former print-workers is all available through the website – www.edinburghcityofprint.org

The archive charts the entire history of the trade, from its origins in 1507 when King James IV awarded Scotland’s first printing patent to Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar for a press in the Cowgate, to the present-day success of publishers such as Mainstream and Canongate. Continue reading “Archive celebrates capital’s print industry”

Storytelling Lecture

Professorial Lecture by Dr Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Event Date: 04 March 2010
Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhart Campus.
Donald Smith has been Director of the Netherbow Arts Centre and its successor, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, through nearly three decades of dramatic change. He has also been Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival since its inception and a catalyst in the global storytelling renaissance.
In his lecture, “Global Nation? Defining Scotland’s Festive Identities”, Dr Donald Smith, a respected commentator on cultural affairs, teases out some of the inside stories, and peers into a potentially turbulent yet open future for Scotland’s capital city and its Festivals in a period of global crisis.
What is driving Scotland’s twenty-first century identity and self projection? What are the roles of culture, environment, history and politics in this crucible? And where are Edinburgh’s Festivals positioned in the mix? Is there consensus around starting points and objectives, or are Festival programmers part of  wider, partly undeclared, culture wars?
What might it mean for Scotland to be a truly global nation, and are its Festivals crucial to the project – or freeloaders?
The lecture is open to all staff, students and the public, and is followed by a reception.