Launch Date: 28th October 2008
Taking place in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University’s celebration of 40 years as a centre of excellence in publishing, students on the third-year Project Management module were tasked with producing and launching a new copy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Students were responsible for designing the book, from layout to typography, and commissioned Edinburgh artist Cate James for the artwork within the project. Published by Merchiston Publishing, the book had a tremendous response even before the launch, and 500 copies were distributed to schools and libraries across Scotland free of charge.
Professor Alistair McCleery, Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book, said: “We are sure that Edward Clark, Chairman and MD of R & R Clark of Edinburgh (a major printer of its day), would be delighted to see his legacy used to support such a Scottish-centred, educational and innovative publishing project.”
The project itself was supported by funding from the Edward Clark Trust.
500 copies were distributed to schools and libraries across Scotland. Here are some of the comments from happy recipients:
“Thanks very much for the copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles which arrived today. It really is a lovely book and I’m sure the pupils will enjoy it.”
Fiona Robertson, Network Librarian
Ruth Fry, Librarian
Peebles High School