Edinburgh Napier University and Merchiston Publishing proudly announce the publication of our newest title, Imagined Corners by Willa Muir. This neglected Scottish classic has been reproduced by Edinburgh Napier students as part of an innovative publishing project. Over 500 copies will be distributed free of charge to encourage reading across Scotland in a bid to highlight the brilliance of Scottish literature.
Such is the hype surrounding this publication that Cherie Blair (Booth) CBE QC is contributing!
Also, respected Scottish journalist Kirsty Wark has offered her full support to the venture.
Aileen Christianson will provide the introduction. Ms Christianson is a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh lecturing on women’s writing. She has published on Willa Muir and has co-edited on Scottish Women’s Fiction. Willa Muir herself was an important figure for addressing issues of gender within the context of rural Scotland, and accurately depicted the difficult and repressed position of women within Scottish culture.
Last year saw the production of James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, which was distributed to schools and libraries nationwide. This year we will be widening our scope to include vunerable groups; particularly female prisoners who are desperately trying to turn their lives around through education, subsequently benefiting both themselves and society.
We will be launching Imagined Corners in May. At this high-profile event we will be celebrating the students, the positive effect that their work has on society and their ability to bring forward another forgotten Scottish writer. New Scottish artists will also be represented at the launch as we showcase their interpretations of past book covers in a unique exhibition of emerging talent.
Click here for more details of this exciting new publication.