Maisie Loves World Book Day!

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Maisie had an exciting World Book Day last Thursday! She headed over to Blackwell’s in Edinburgh to check out what books she could get with her £1 voucher! If you didn’t know about World Book Day, it is a charity event that happens annually and is sponsored by the National Book Tokens Ltd. The charity allows every child in full-time education in the UK and Ireland to get a book £1 token that they can redeem in local bookstores for a brand new book.

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Over 1.2 million children redeemed book tokens last year and this year Maisie was one of them! There were so many books to choose from, Maisie was spoilt for choice! Thanks to the helpful staff at Blackwell’s, Maisie picked her friend Douglas’s book ‘Hello, Hugless Douglas!’ by David Melling. Maisie tweeted all about her fun day over on her twitter page and so did her friends Blackwell’s.

You can still trade your £1 token in at participating bookstores until the 30th of March! For more information about World Book Day check out their website here.

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Meadows Marathon Madness!

Sitting down, with a cup of tea and my feet up, I would like to say a big congratulations to all the fun runners, half marathon and full marathon runners who took part in the Meadows Marathon today! Despite the recent sunny spell not lasting, there was a great atmosphere with hundreds of people actively raising awareness and money for their chosen charities and causes, in fancy dress choices from bananas to bathroom taps!

Myself and Juliane chose to take part in the fun run to raise awareness of Merchiston Publishing’s latest live projects – Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Glorious Thing by Christine Orr. As well as talking to many individuals about the projects today, we also contributed promotional material to the runners bags that all participants received at the finish line giving the link to our publishing by degrees website – publishingdegree.co.uk.

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ImageTwo hundred and seventy goody bags ready to go!

Sweets may seem like a strange choice to include in a marathon runners bag, but there was a significance for this decision, apart from runners needing a good sugar boost of course! The vampire fangs and gummy teeth were chosen to represent Olalla, a novella of gothic theme that tells the story of a mysterious family with a strange penchant for human blood! Now for a fun fact that will hopefully help you in future table quizzes – jelly babies were originally called ‘peace babies’ to celebrate the end of the First World War! Which is fitting to represent The Glorious Thing as it is a novel set in the home front of Edinburgh during this very war.

ImageThe beautiful finish line.ImageTwo tired and smelly publishers. (L-R): Niamh O’ Brien and Juliane Schmidt.

Apart from having a great morning out and realising how unfit we are, it was really great to raise some awareness for our projects in a ‘novel’ way and inspiring to see how many people were interested in what we were doing, as well as hear some of their stories as well. Simoné Hinrichsen, a journalism student at Edinburgh Napier University, filmed our experience and a video of how we got on will be available to view in the near future, so stay tuned if you want to see us seriously struggling around the meadows and learn more about the projects!

Final Covers

Our live projects are going well! We are happy to introduce the covers for our editions of The New Road and Detective McLevy’s Casebook. Click in the images to see them full size.

Special thanks to Claudia Massie for letting us use her beautiful illustration and to Iain McIntosh for collaborating with us in the creation of this stunning cover. You can see all Claudia Massie’s Scottish lanscapes paintings and Iain McIntosh’s previous works in their personal websites. Links to their sites can be found below.

Claudia Massie

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