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 this year’s University Lead on the #NapierBigRead and head of the team bringing Detective McLevy’s Casebook to you all.

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.)

Why do you think Detective McLevy’s Casebook is a good choice for this year’s Big Read? 

Well, firstly I have to say because our students produced it! It is truly student-led. Our students asked other students what they wanted in the book – so even the size was decided by students! One of the reasons we chose it is that it is set in Edinburgh. Another reason is that it shines a light on the real Sherlock Holmes! Detective McLevy was a real detective working the streets of Edinburgh and was the acknowledged inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. Also, he comes from Armagh, where I am from, so that’s a nice personal connection – and actually illustrates how much people from other parts of the world have contributed to the place we live in. There are lots of other reasons why this book is a great choice – get in touch to find out more!

What message would you pass on to new readers of Detective McLevy’s Casebook?  

It’s a book of short stories. Crime stories. Even if you don’t like crime stories, the stories are short, so you can dip into the book and find out more about the criminal underbelly of old Edinburgh. You’ll see the city differently as you read about life here just after the famous bodysnatchers, Burke and Hare, were roaming our cobbled streets!

Meet the rest of the team

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The gift of reading connects us all – donate your old books to homeless readers…

“Because a book is a place of escape and solace in a hard world.” – @streetreads

Bookcases NOW on all campuses at Edinburgh Napier University.

All staff and students are encouraged to donate books!

All your old books (read, in fairly good condition) are welcome (please consider suitability).

  • – crime and thriller tend to be very popular
  •  – non-fiction is always in demand
  • – always looking for different languages like Polish or Spanish (not all homeless are native English speakers)
  • – YA books (but not really looking for children’s books)
  • NOT looking for cookery books and books about jobs, office management (not relevant)
  • – chick lit is also not ideal (it is not relatable to homeless readers)

In short:

  • YES to crime and thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, classic literature, YA, general fiction (and not restricted to English language)
  • YES to poetry
  • YES to non-fiction (biography, music, etc)

If in doubt, donate what you can!

We will filter all book donations and distribute appropriately to the other charities we are working with.

Thank you for your support!

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Partnership with Streetreads

Streetreads is a charity that donates books to the homeless: http://streetreads.org

As part of the #NapierBigRead we are encouraging students and staff to donate books on all 3 campuses – Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill.

Watch out for the book depositories that will shortly be appearing on each campus.

All staff and students are encouraged to donate books!

All your old books (read, but in fairly good condition) are welcome (but please consider suitability).

  • – crime and thriller tend to be very popular
  •  – non-fiction is always in demand
  • – always looking for different languages like Polish or Spanish (not all homeless are native English speakers)
  • – YA books (but not really looking for children’s books)
  • NOT looking for cookery books and books about jobs, office management (not relevant)
  • – chick lit is also not ideal (it is not relatable to homeless readers)

In short:

  • YES to crime and thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, classic literature, YA, general fiction (and not restricted to English language)
  • YES to poetry
  • YES to non-fiction (biography, music, etc)

If in doubt, donate what you can!
We will filter all book donations and distribute appropriately to the other charities we are working with.

Thank you for your support!