Meet our team: Bethany Kyle – Social Media Manager

With this year’s #NapierBigRead well underway, the Big Read team has been dedicated to promoting this year’s book, Detective McLevy’s Casebook. Our Social Media Manager, and current MSc Publishing student at Edinburgh Napier, Bethany Kyle, gives us an insight into her role and tells us why we should get involved in #NapierBigRead

Why did you decide to volunteer for the Big Read scheme?

I volunteered for the Big Read because I was excited about it! Not only does it offer the chance to receive a free book – every booklover’s favourite thing – it offers the chance to get to know people outside of your course. In my last university, we didn’t have a community event and it is exciting to now study at a university that offers that.

Describe your role in the Big Read. What is it that you do?

My role is the Social Media Manager. Some of my management duties include liaising with my team to ensure each page is equally promoting the Big Read, engaging with tweets and analysing the statistics these tweets reach. As a team, we are keeping up to date with posting, liking, following – this is achieved through developing a social media strategy. It’s also my job to remain alert to what is going on with sites such as Twitter, or to anything that relates to #NapierBigRead, and then engage with that thread or trend. This means my phone needs to remain close to me, which isn’t usually a problem!

Why should students be enthusiastic about the Big Read?

We should be enthusiastic because this year’s book is based right here in Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We can become literary tourists as many locations are mentioned and then we can visit. The Big Read is inviting people to fall in love with literature again. In a world that is fast-paced, books provide a sweet escape to relax from the pressure of life. They are a time-out zone.

What value do you think this project holds for the university? Why should people get involved?

This project holds so much potential for the Edinburgh Napier University. It puts it on the map as being a university that not only loves literature, but the city it lives in. And Edinburgh is recognised as a city of literature! Therefore, people should get involved, because you’ll be a part of something big.

How can students get involved?

Follow us on social media! We have a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account. Here you will be able to see the latest updates on what is going on, such as events and you can follow our hashtag #NapierBigRead. Look out for information on the screens around campus, even ask your lecturers what they know about the Big Read.

How do you find time to read for pleasure as well as keeping up with a full university timetable? Do you have any tips for other students?

I set aside some time each night to read a couple of chapters before I sleep. It helps me to unwind after being in class all day or completing assignments. Currently, I’m making way through Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and really enjoying it. So, my tip for those wishing to read but have a full-on course is, read little and read often. Pick up a book in your study breaks rather than your phone.

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!

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”