Edinburgh Napier Degree Show 2015.

From the 21st – 31st May Edinburgh Napier held their Degree Show, an exhibition of the projects undertaken by their final year students. The MSc Publishing course had four impressive ventures to exhibit this year: a children’s book, an app, an e-pub and a magazine.

Megan Reid with the cover of the book
Megan Reid with the cover of the book

The Adventures of Martin Rattler
The Adventures of Martin Rattler is a re-working of a classic Scottish text, written by R.M Ballantyne in 1858. The team working on the book created an abridged and modernised version of the text to appeal to a 21st century market.

One of the editors of the text, Megan Reid, says:

“Cutting down the length of the text and updating it for a modern audience while keeping Ballantyne’s original authorial voice was one of the key aims of the project. We worked hard to produce a text that was fun and exciting so that it would really appeal to our target market of 8–12 year olds.”

Publisher’s Inc
Publisher’s Inc is a stunning example of what can be achieved using digital platforms in publishing. The app is industry-focused: with articles, videos and interviews covering a broad range of publishing topics, including an insightful interview with Tim Waterstone.

Susan Kemp, editor-in-chief of the project, says:

“The feedback at the Degree Show has been very positive, visitors to the show were very impressed that 11 students who had never used Adobe DPS before could achieve so much in one trimester, while juggling other live projects, work placements, jobs and home life.”

Susan with Stephanie Roxburgh, who gave a marketing masterclass for the app
Susan with Stephanie Roxburgh, who gave a marketing masterclass for the app
Project MacCaig’s work on display at the Degree Show
Project MacCaig’s work on display at the Degree Show

Project MacCaig
Working with Birlinn’s Polygon imprint, the Project MacCaig team has produced an e-pub that combines the poetry of Norman MacCaig with interviews, personal letters and original manuscripts to bring MacCaig’s work to prominence in a new medium.

Danielle Watt, manager of the project, says:

“By working closely with Edward Crossan, the new poetry editor of Birlinn Ltd. under Birlinn’s Polygon imprint, our small team of students got to experience the reality of working with one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers. This was both challenging and incredibly rewarding, and has filled us with a new found confidence in beginning our future careers. It was great to see how a major Scottish publisher is using digital in new and exciting ways which will hopefully open up Norman MacCaig’s work to new audiences.”

The first delivery of the completed Buzz Magazine for 2015
The first delivery of the completed Buzz Magazine for 2015

Buzz Magazine
This year’s Buzz Magazine highlights all aspects of Scottish culture: with reviews of restaurants around Edinburgh, interviews with Scottish celebrities, including Lewis Gordon and Hardeep Singh Kohli, and even a feature on selfies – there’s something for everyone.

Tina Bergs, editor of Buzz, says:

“We were determined to make the magazine our own this year, from the stories to the colour scheme to the font. Over the last few months, I think we’ve truly reinvented it and I’ve loved being at the forefront of such a great team.”

Keep up with Edinburgh Napier’s Publishing students on Twitter @ednapierpublish.

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