Solid-saltire-presentsScot Lit Fest
Scot Lit Fest is a new virtual festival celebrating Scottish literature launched as part of the  Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary celebrations, taking place on 24th-26th June 2016. As one of the two coordinators, we have planned the entire book festival programme, and are organising all aspects of the weekend. The festival will run across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and through live video streams, bringing Scottish literature to an international audience.

The full programme can be found at Authors participating include Diana Gabaldon, Michel Faber, Val McDermid, Sara Sheridan and Kirsty Logan.break

Edinburgh Castle Activity Book.

COVEREdinburgh Castle Adventure Book: part of the University of Stirling MLitt Publishing course.
As part of my Publishing Masters course, we had to create a project from scratch, identifying a market gap, creating the product and proposing marketing plans to suit in order to experience the full process of creating and publishing a product.

My choice was an activity book for Edinburgh Castle, as upon visiting in 2014 I found many children not engaging with their surroundings. My idea was to create something to change that.

In this project, I created all content*, from images to puzzles. I drew, designed and edited the content, shifting from my primarily editorial/magazine background into creating something for a children’s market that could work for a broad age range. This product aimed to both work for younger children with parental assistance and not alienate older children, more so it sought to get them actively looking around them and engaging with their surroundings.

Costs, production and marketing were also factored into this project throughout. All related submissions received distinctions: the marketing plan, product itself and reflective essay. Disclaimers can be found below. You can also view the full project over on Issuu.

*The only images not created by me were Roary the Lion, taken from Historic Scotland’s current children’s material, the ghosts and the silhouette of Edinburgh on the Prison spread.
– This project is no way affiliated with Historic Scotland, this was undertaken as part of the University of Stirling’s course and all imagery used was purely for the purposes of this project and concept.
– Fonts: The fonts used in the majority of this are Bacon Kingdom and DK Crayon Crumble. These were used on demo versions, purely for this project, both are free for personal use. If any of this goes on to be used beyond the course project, fonts will be purchased or changed accordingly.
– The error on the logo on the cover and corner image on the ghost story is in conversion – the file uploaded (and printscreened for the lead image in this post) does not have these errors.



ZINE100 Albums That Changed Your Life
A project run through [View post]

Everyone at is linked through a love of music, and it’s a passion shared with millions of people across the world. For our zine project, we wanted to hear about the albums that changed your life, whether it was because they helped you through a bad time or just because it was a brilliant album. And here is the finished result!

You can view it over on Issuu by clicking here.

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