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:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NapierBigRead
Instagram: www.instagram.com/NapierBigRead
Twitter: @NapierBigRead


Book Launch – 1 March 2018

As you might have seen, the #NapierBigRead is well and truly underway and we are ramping up activity in the lead-up to our book launch on:
World Book Day – Thursday 1 March 2018.
Copies of Detective McLevy’s Casebook will be available for all students and staff across the whole university!
More details will be posted soon. Meantime, keep up to date by following our social media activity:

Staff Views: Avril Gray – Programme Leader of Publishing & University Lead on the Big Read

Welcome to Staff Views! Here, you’ll meet key figures from Edinburgh Napier Big Read staff. This week, we turn the spotlight on Avril Gray, Associate Professor and Programme Leader of MSc Publishing. Avril is the University Lead on the #NapierBigRead and head of the team.

What excites you about the Big Read? 

Everything! I’ve been working at Edinburgh Napier University for some time and what continually strikes me is how this University really celebrates the work and achievements of our students. This year the #NapierBigRead is actually a book our students produced! Other students are getting the chance to read it, to discuss it, and to use it to shout about the great work they are doing. I’ve loved making new connections with other staff and students, and finding out about what students on other programmes are achieving.

Why do you think the benefits of the Big Read scheme are for all students and staff, not just those who are already book lovers or studying literature? 

We are all lifelong learners. Learning means reading. Whether you are studying a physical text or downloading a book for pleasure (did you know our library has 122,000 eBooks?), we are reading all the time. I’ve conducted some research into the claim that people are reading less, but this is not true. We are just reading differently, accessing a variety of resources, digital and physical. And I don’t agree that we should put barriers up to reading, or say that one type of reading is better than another. (And I know I started that last sentence with “and” – my point is, don’t judge, as this can create a barrier to connection.) Continue reading “Staff Views: Avril Gray – Programme Leader of Publishing & University Lead on the Big Read”