Merchiston Publishing

Edinburgh Napier University's Press, run by our postgraduate Publishing programme

Ah Dinnae Ken: Stories of Scottish Identity

Merchiston Publishing is the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University. The publications – print, ebook and online – are managed by staff and powered by students on MSc Publishing.

Our Books to Bairns series provides books (and in some cases Teachers’ Resources) to children in schools and hospitals across Scotland, in particular, Edinburgh.

These books are provided free of charge. Teachers can request a class set of one book, or a selection of our books, or even single copies for their school library.

Please get in touch to find out more.

Ah Dinnae Ken: Stories of Scottish Identity – Anthology of Writing for Young People


A brand new collection of stories on Scottish identity.

7,000 books published and sent to schools across Scotland to encourage students voting for the first time to get involved in the debate about what it means to be Scottish. Cover collaboration with Edinburgh schools.

Featuring work commissioned from Cathy MacPhail, Claire McFall, Diana Hendry, Jan Andrew Henderson, Cathy Forde and Matthew Fitt, and Julia Donaldson!

Link to fundraising video:

Scotland’s leading writers for teens question the idea of national identity.

What makes you Scottish?

Does being Scottish mean listening to the bagpipes and saying “How no?” instead of “Why not?” Is there even such a thing as national identity?

More than six of today’s leading authors address these questions and more, in this fascinating and amusing collection.

Featuring stories by Cathy MacPhail, Claire McFall, Diana Hendry, Jan Andrew Henderson, Cathy Forde and Matthew Fitt, and Julia Donaldson!

We have also secured a foreword by the iconic Stuart Cosgrove, who brings his own witty sense of humour to the debate on what is “Scottish Identity”.

Books to Bairns: Our work focuses on providing books to disadvantaged readers. Books to Bairns is one of our initiatives. We edit, design, create, publish and distribute (donate) books to schools, hospitals, prisons and other institutional libraries. Find out more about our other book advocacy:

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 may apply. To find out more, please email

Find out more about our Postgraduate Publishing programme.

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