Programme Team

Photo of Prof McCleery smilingAlistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University where he is also Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book within which Postgraduate Publishing is based. With a real enthusiasm and passion for books and reading, Alistair believes that books are key instruments not only in personal development but also in social mobility and inclusion.

To this end, his own research and teaching has focussed upon ensuring the robustness of our reading culture and the availability of good books at affordable prices to service it. He has been involved in the promotion of reading development and in the analysis of best models for publishing. In particular, he has a strong commitment to the distinctiveness of the cultural heritage of the nations and regions of the UK, stemming from his Ulster background and long-term Scottish residence.


Avril Gray is Associate Professor of Publishing, Programme Leader for Postgraduate Publishing and depute programme leader of MSc Magazine Publishing.

Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, Avril was Managing Director and owner of Scottish Cultural Press and Scottish Children’s Press. She founded the first dedicated Children’s Publisher in Scotland. Having worked in a variety of publishing roles before that, in publishing companies in London and Edinburgh, she has over 20 years’ professional experience in the industry. During this time she has developed very close links with the publishing industry, and the Postgraduate Publishing Placement module, which she introduced, utilises these contacts to enhance our students’ opportunities.

In 2011 she was invited to join the judging panel of the annual PPA Scotland School Magazine Awards, and in 2012 and 2015 she was a judge of the PPA Professional Magazine Awards. Research interests include the reading habits of teenagers, marketing in publishing, and publishing management. Considering publishing in its broadest sense, she leads a publishing studies programme that embraces books and eBooks, manga and monographs, zines, ezines and magazines.

In addition to her industry roles, Avril was Secretary of the Association for Publishing Education (APE), and was appointed External Examiner at University of the Arts London, Kingston University and the University of Galway. Avril is also a member of the Scottish Centre for the Book.


Derek AllanDerek Allan is Programme Leader for MSc Magazine Publishing. Derek was also lead lecturer on the module in which Buzz magazine is published.

He has previously worked for De La Rue in the graphic arts area of colour reproduction and has been lecturing on publishing/production since 1990. Over that time he has also been involved in a wide range of consultancy and short course provision including: The Scotsman newspaper, set up of training institute Mauritius, Landmark Press, Adobe/Sykes, Tesco Finance and Quark. He runs CPD provision in image reproduction and page layout for commercial businesses. Derek maintains close links with local printers and repro companies, as well as manufacturers and software providers, such as Heidelberg, Fuiji graphic-systems and Quark. Derek’s particular area of expertise is in on demand publishing, colour reproduction and digital imaging.


Dave McCluskey tutors across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, teaching Journalism, Communication and Design students as well as Postgraduate Publishing students. He teaches on our Publishing in Production module in trimester 2 which includes our live projects.

Dave is a knowledgeable and innovative tutor, whose particular expertise in industry-specific software – such as InDesign and QuarkXPress – provides Publishing students with the indepth and up-to-date skills demanded by the industry. Dave also runs design courses for industry professionals and has been involved in a wide range of consultancy and short course provision, such as the recent Intensive InDesign Workshop for members of Publishing Scotland.


In trimester two, Professor Alistair Duff delivers a module to our MSc Magazine Publishing students. Alistair is interested in the information society and freedom of information, and he also covers research-oriented modules on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in journalism and publishing, as well as supervising research students.

With a background in philosophy (London, Glasgow) and information (Strathclyde, Napier), he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Zurich and a visiting fellow at Oxford, and is currently an external examiner at City University, London, and the Lincoln School of Journalism. He has published journal articles, reviews and encyclopedia entries, and is now also completing a second research monograph: “Towards a Normative Theory of the Information Society”.

Helen Williams has been Honorary Secretary to the Scottish Printing Archival Trust since 2008 and was the Programme Manager for the ‘500 years of printing in Scotland’ celebrations. She has worked for the British Library and the National Library of Scotland, and is now librarian to the Library of Mistakes.

Helen was awarded a PhD by Edinburgh Napier University in 2018 for her thesis on the Scottish regional printing industry in the nineteenth century.

Research Students

Giulia Trentacosti is a PhD student in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University. She holds a Master’s degree in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University and a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (English and Russian) from the University of Pisa. Her MSc dissertation examined the current state of translation publishing in the UK and Ireland.

In November 2014 she was awarded a three-year studentship to fund her PhD research at Edinburgh Napier. Her project aims to analyse the impact that wide-spread English proficiency has on the European publishing market. In particular, her thesis focuses on the consumption of English-language trade books in the Netherlands and how this affects the local publishing scene.

She has co-edited the volume The Book in the Low Countries (Merchiston Publishing, 2015), as well as co-authored a report on the status of translated literature in Great Britain in collaboration with Literature Across Frontiers: Publishing of Translated Literature in the United Kingdom and Ireland Statistical Report (Literature Across Frontiers, 2015).

She is also contributing to a series of ongoing projects run by Literature Across Frontiers – a European platform for literary exchange and translation.

Bewerbebild4Anna Klamet is a PhD research student at Edinburgh Napier University, who graduated from Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany) in 2014, with an MSc in media management. Her thesis was entitled “Make or buy? A qualitative analysis of the organisational handling of digital innovations in the German publishing sector”. Prior to relocating to Scotland, she worked as an e-book product manager in the digital department of MairDumont, Germany’s largest travel information media group.

Anna was awarded a three-year studentship to fund her research at Edinburgh Napier. Her research focuses on e-publishing in small nations in Europe and examines how small and medium sized publishers are coping with the oligopoly structure in e-book distribution. The research will look at innovative e-publishing practices and the role current policy frameworks are playing in establishing new business models.


A programme of visiting non-stipendiary fellowships has been established by Scottish Centre for the Book (SCOB) in collaboration with other institutions. These visiting fellowships are offered to those who have sabbatical leave from other institutions, and who wish to come to Edinburgh to research into areas of relevance to the work of SCOB.

Our Postgraduate Publishing programmes benefit from the expertise and research of these academics from around the world.

Christoph Bläsi2014 – Professor Christoph Bläsi
Professor of book studies at the Institute for Book Studies of Johannes Gutenberg University

Shen Min photo2013 – Professor Shen Min
Hangzhou University, China




Noel Waite2009-10 Dr Noel Waite (Leverhulme Fellowship)
Dr Noel Waite is a Senior Lecturer in Design Studies at Otago University, in Edinburgh’s sister city, Dunedin, New Zealand.

During 2010, Noel was a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Scottish Centre for the Book. While based at Edinburgh Napier University, he wrote a chapter to a (then) forthcoming book: The History of Book Culture in New Zealand on the period 1890-1930. Additional research included the educational publishing of Scottish firm Thomas Nelson & Sons to understand the imperial relationship with New Zealand’s Whitcombe & Tombs. Noel also examined interdisciplinary Design research and education in the UK and delivered design lectures to our Postgrads.

2007–8 – Dr Ann Steiner (Steiner_litt-astLund University, Sweden)

Lecturer and research fellow in literature. Ann’s publications include a book on subscription book clubs in Sweden during the 1970s, articles on the international distribution of books via the internet, as well as articles for the International Journal of the Book.

Consultants, Guest Lecturers and Former Staff

Marion Sinclair is the current Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland. She has a background of 10 years in Publishing as Editorial Director of a literary press. Marion has incredibly strong links with Edinburgh Napier University, having been the Programme Leader and Lecturer on our MSc Publishing programme.

Marion frequently visits us to give Guest Lectures, to listen to student presentations and to catch up with all that is going on! We are proud to include Marion on our Industry Liaison Panel.

Lorraine Fannin and Aly Barr
Lorraine Fannin and Aly Barr

Lorraine Fannin, OBE, was Director of the Scottish Publishers Association and CEO of its successor organisation, Publishing Scotland from 1987 – 2008. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland and of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature. She was formerly a member of the British Council Publishers Advisory Committee, the Publishing Qualifications Board and the Institute of Publishing Advisory Board. Lorraine joined the Scottish Centre for the Book at Edinburgh Napier University in 2009, working with Aly Barr on Creativity and Rights. Lorraine was a valued Guest Lecturer on our Publishing Programme.

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