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:




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:

Streetreads Book Donation

As part of #NapierBigRead, students all over the campuses donated an amazing 1,000 books for #bookstohomeless in partnership with Streetreads – well done all of you! Yesterday the cargo bike arrived on Merchiston campus to collect the first 70 books. This has been a very worthy cause and we hope many benefit from it.

Rachel was interviewed by some journalism students, and some of the #NapierBigRead team were there to help distribute the books! It is evident from their smiling faces that they have enjoyed every moment of this project.

Many thanks to all of you for your incredible donations! You made this possible.



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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