The Kelpie's Pearls

A Live Publishing Project by Edinburgh Napier University MSc Publishing students

The Kelpies have been

The latest edition of Mollie Hunter’s The Kelpie’s Pearls, an endeavour of Msc Publishing students at Edinburgh Napier University was launched in style!

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On approach to the venue, set among the historic towers of Craighouse Campus, visitors were greeted by the site of two giant kelpie’s guarding the entrance; they were then ushered into the main hall where a host of delights were waiting. The scene was set with streamers, yards and yards of shimmery blue cloth (our take on the kelpie’s pool!) as well as lots and lots of white balloons, representing the much sought after ‘pearls’!

Gift-wrapped copies’ of the book were eagerly gathered up, and taken to the illustrator to be signed. A video featuring a ‘paper kelpie’ visiting the editorial, design, marketing, rights and fiance and distribution teams gave a snapshot of the work the had gone in to the project.  And while the adults mingled over nibbles and a glass of wine, there was plenty for the younger members of the party to look at and do, an activity corner with face painting, word searches and colouring in.

One of the highlights for adults and children alike was a reading from the book, beautifully brought to life by professional story teller Marie Louise Cochrane.  Of course we can’t forget to mention the AMAZING cup cakes iced in the shape of Kelpies and Lochness Monsters.

Further information

The Kelpies have been designed by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott.


The Final Cover

Copyright: Merchiston Publishing

The Kelpie Is Coming! Be prepared.

The Kelpie’s Pearls – Press Release

Visit the Scottish Canals website to read the article.

The Kelpie is on its way

A new title for Merchiston Publishing

Here begins another exciting project for the MSc Publishing students at Edinburgh Napier University.

Find out more about it on this website or on Facebook and keep up-to-date with our progress!