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!

Napier Big Read: Participating in a Promotional Event

One of our Events Managers and postgrad student on MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier, Alice Piotrowska, details her experience organising our first #NapierBigRead lecture at the National Records of Scotland.

Here’s a look behind the scenes surrounding this first gathering and some of the preparations taken to kickstart our #NapierBigRead.


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At the beginning of this trimester, all Publishing students were offered the opportunity to participate in the Big Read initiative.

I knew immediately that I wanted to participate in #NapierBigRead. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes and detective fiction in general, I was fascinated by the book itself and delighted at the prospect of being involved in a real-life promotional campaign. As part of the events team I still have a lot to organise before the book’s official launch, but last Monday I had the opportunity to participate in an off-campus event which proved to be a brilliant hands-on marketing experience. Continue reading “Napier Big Read: Participating in a Promotional Event”