Merchiston Publishing

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

Books to Bairns

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.

The outreach work being done by the students is an excellent way of showcasing 
their talents as well as bringing Scottish literature to the attention of a whole new generation of readers.
–– Michael Russell MSP, as Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Find out more HERE.

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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 19 May 2011.

As this was a family friendly event, there was a variety of activities, including face painting, storytelling and games, as well as refreshments for the whole family.

As you can see from the photos below, a fantastic time was had by one and all!

Find out more about:

  • Books behind Bars
  • Readers Beyond the Margins

These books are publishing and distributed to schools, hospitals, prisons 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 may apply. To find out more, please email

Find out more about our Postgraduate Publishing programme.

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