Welcome to the website of Merchiston Publishing, the in-house publishing arm
of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University.

We publish in two areas, find out more by clicking the links below:

1) Books About Books

2) Books Produced by Edinburgh Napier Publishing Students

Merchiston Publishing is the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University. The imprint acts as a vehicle for the Centre’s own publications and does not accept unsolicited submissions.

The publications – print, ebook and online – are managed by students on MSc Publishing.

There are three ongoing series at the moment in addition to individual publications: The Influence of … series highlighting the contribution that key individuals have made to the understanding of publishing, print culture and book history; The Book in … series covering the history of the book in particular European countries or groups of countries; and the Scottish Classics series for school, prison and other institutional libraries.

The production of many of these titles is supported by charitable trusts and other bodies. Such copies are therefore distributed freely, although a handling charge applies. To find out more, please email scob@napier.ac.uk.


Merchiston Publishing has some exciting new projects!

Innovations in Learning and Teaching


Edited by Christine Penman and Monika Foster.

Foreword by Brian Webster-Henderson.

Innovations in Learning and Teaching
will be available as both a print and eBook.

Launched in November 2016

Find out more…


In 2014/15, we worked on two live projects, one with Edinburgh publishers, Birlinn Ltd.

Norman MacCaig
The Adventures of Martin Rattler

In 2013/14, we worked on four live projects:

Maisie and the Night Visitor
Ah Dinnae Ken
The Pushkin Prizes 2014
The Day Boy and the Night Girl

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In 2013 the students ventured into the realm of audio eBooks with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Olalla. This edition is also available in print edition with beautiful illustrations.

The students also published two forgotten female authors – Catherine Carswell’s The Camomile and Christine Orr’s The Glorious Thing.

The Camomile is a fascinating tale of a woman’s struggle between her heart and her art.

Orr’s work explores the moral and social implication of the First World War in Edinburgh, a subject close to hearts of many.

All three books are limited print edition and, as you can see, are very beautiful books.

McLevy at Bloody Scotland

Our brand new edition of Victorian crime short stories was featured at Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first international crime writing festival.

This is a huge achievement and is due to the hard work of the MSc Publishing students and the quality of their publication: Detective McLevy’s Casebook. More details here… 

3D image of The New RoadThe New Road by Neil Munro is another titles that MSc Publishing students published as their live publishing project. The New Road launched at Edinburgh Central Library.

On 12 July 2012 over 100 invited guests enjoyed an evening of music, readings and celebration of Gaelic culture when we unveil the first ever e-book, and a new print edition, of this classic Scottish novel.

Thursday 12 July 2012, 6pm (for 6.30pm) to 8.30pm
Edinburgh Central Library, 7–9 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG

Held in honour of the CLAN CAMPBELL SOCIETY, members of which attended from the USA. Kindly sponsored by Edinburgh City Libraries

Merchiston Publishing Branches Out!

In 2012 MSc Publishing student worked on four new projects for Merchiston Publishing. The students branched into e-books – producing Lilith by George MacDonald and The New Road by Neil Munro. The New Road was also published as a paperback along with two other books. One is Treasure Island, a play script by Lynn Brittney. This is the first play script version of Treasure Island published for primary school children. The other book is Merchiston Publishing’s first set of true crime short stories, Detective McLevy’s Casebook: Tales of Edinburgh’s Victorian Underworld. For more information about each title, please click on the links.

Sign up to make sure you don’t miss out on exciting launch information and links on all current and future projects: Sign up here!

Centenary Edition of JM Barrie’s Peter and Wendy

This year’s Postgraduate graduation ceremony was particularly exciting for staff and students on MSc Publishing as it also marked the day that copies of Peter and Wendy were distributed to all the students involved in its creation. Our thanks go to Glasgow printers, Bell and Bain, for printing such a high-quality book and to the Edward Clark Trust for providing the funding. This beautiful new centenary edition of JM Barrie’s well-loved children’s story featuring Peter Pan will now be distributed to children in hospitals across Scotland. Find out more…

Previous News…

Students Launch Book at EIBF Copies of our MSc Publishing students’ new edition of Travel Light were distributed at the 2011 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Front cover of The Kelpie's Pearls

Front cover of “The Kelpie’s Pearls”

The Kelpie’s Pearls was launched in the Grand Turmeau Hall, at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craighouse Campus on Thursday 19th May 2011, between 4:30 and 6pm.

As this was a family friendly event, guests were encouraged to bring their children.
There was a variety of activities, including face painting, storytelling and games, as well as refreshments for the whole family. FREE copies of The Kelpie’s Pearls were given to everyone who attended and, as you can see from the photos below, a fantastic time was had by one and all!

Find out more about our Postgraduate Publishing programme.

Kids enjoy Kelpie cupcakes at the launch

Kids enjoy Kelpie cupcakes

students and kelpie outside Craighouse

The students who made it all happen!


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