Be part of our new anthology, Learning in Lockdown!

Submissions are now open for our new Anthology, Learning in Lockdown.

We want to hear from YOU!

Design inspired by our MSc Publishing student, Cara McKeown.

Stories connect us. The sharing of our individual experiences draws us together. This has never been so important as now.

Napier Big Read is our shared reading scheme at Edinburgh Napier, using books to bring people together. This year, we are launching a brand new initiative where students and staff are invited to contribute to a new Anthology.

The finished book – Learning in Lockdown – will be published by our own publishing imprint (Merchiston Publishing) and copies will be distributed across the entire University.

This is a bold and innovative project – it will be the first time any university has collected, recorded and published the experiences of its community during a pandemic. It will be a snapshot of an extraordinary year; an archive for the future. It will allow us to understand each other’s perspectives and come together. Crucially, our Anthology will act as a reminder that none of us are alone.

We invite you to get involved and submit your work for inclusion in our Learning in Lockdown Anthology.

See Submissions Guidelines.

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Twitter: @NapierBigRead

2019/20 Shortlist Announced!

We are delighted to reveal the #NapierBigRead Shortlist!

  1. Dark Star – Lorna Moon
  2. Olalla – Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
We invite all students and staff across all our campuses to VOTE on our next #NapierBigRead!

Voting stations are on each campus from today, with our #NapierBigRead team on hand to answer any questions.

We are launching in Book Week Scotland and our election campaign will run until after Christmas.

So there is plenty of time to vote. (Vote as many times as you like!)

Your vote counts! Please VOTE!


Napier Big Read, Big Vote!

We are proud to be launching #NapierBigRead 19/20 in Book Week Scotland!

This year the Napier Big Read is connecting students and staff at Edinburgh Napier University, and partnering with the University of the West of Scotland to join two universities across Scotland in the shared joy of books and reading.

Book Week Scotland logoWe are launching in Book Week Scotland, a nationwide annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across Scotland. During Book Week Scotland, people of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.

We have a new campaign – more inclusive, and celebrating a more diverse range from the rich heritage of Scottish literature, all published by our Merchiston Publishing imprint.

This year we are inviting students and staff to vote for the next Big Read!

We are nominating –

4 #NapierBigRead books across
3 campuses in Edinburgh
2 universities across Scotland, during
1 national Book Week.

Join us on Wednesday 20 November!




Join us on campus and on:

Twitter: @NapierBigRead


The Big Read is Back!

🔎 Just in case you haven’t heard, we’re back and ready for another year of the Napier Big Read! 🔎

Through this site we aim to give you regular updates about the progress of the Big Read and what you can do to help or get involved.

Our first ask… if you haven’t already PLEASE fill out our survey to tell us your experiences of the Napier Big Read so far. It won’t take long and it’s the only way we can be sure the Big Read will go ahead this year! 📚

The survey link is here: