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Academic Skills Adviser
Gray, A. (2018, April). Introducing 'Detective McLevy’s Casebook' and the Napier Big Read Campaign. Presented at Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment, Edinburgh
NO abstract available.
Gray, A. (2019, July). A book to bind us together: Staff–student collaboration on a new model of publication. Paper presented at Advance HE Learning & Teaching Annual Conference, 2019, Northumbria University
This presentation provides insights into a ground-breaking initiative in which academics worked with students to produce a new book, entitled “Innovation in Learning and Teach...
Gray, A. (2019, June). Advocacy in Action – How A Publishing Programme Represents Homeless Readers in Scotland. Paper presented at By the Book6
So far as has thus been discerned, no research has been conducted into the reading habits of homeless readers. This paper provides for genuine insight into the rationale for a...
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Visiting research fellow grant, to embed the ebook format (and ecosystem) debate into the scholarly discourse concerning similar cases (e.g. concerning video formats) and particularly their academic r...
To work with cultural organisations and individuals, particularly those working in the fields of crafts, storytelling, traditional dance and music in partnership with tourism stakeholders and provider...
Arts & Humanities Research Council
The contemporary globalisation of publishing, both books and magazines, represents: an increased flow of products across national borders, often superficially customised for different language groups,...
Gray, A. (2019, June). Advocacy in Action – How A Publishing Programme Represents Homeless Readers in Scotland. Paper presented at By the Book6, Florence, Italy
Gray, A. (2018, September). Cross Campus Shared Reading – Staff / Student Collaboration under Scrutiny. Paper presented at RAISE Conference 2018: Working better together: collaborations in student engagement, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
No abstract available.
Gray, A. (2018, June). A Book is More Important than Food. Paper presented at International Publishing By the Book 5, Florence
A Book is more important than food: collaboration with Streetreads, a charity working with homeless readers in Edinburgh.
Gray, A. (2018, June). The University as a Community: Cross-Campus Shared Reading. Paper presented at QAA 15th Enhancement Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University
As part of a shared reading scheme – the #NapierBigRead – the Publishing staff and Postgraduate students at Edinburgh Napier University are working together to encourage a sen...
Gray, A., Penman, C., & Foster, M. (2017, February). Thinking, Doing, Publishing - Pedogical Research on the Go. Paper presented at Innovations in Teaching and Supporting Learning, Edinburgh Napier University
Joint Presentation with Christine Penman and Monika Foster
Available at - http://blogs.napier.ac.uk/teachingfellows/teaching-fellows-conference-2017-2/
Gray, A. (2015, September). Herding Cats without Taming Tigers. Paper presented at CRLL 2015 Conference - Student Engagement: From Research to Practice, Glasgow Caledonian University
Gray, A. (2015, July). Live Projects, Risk versus Reward. Paper presented at The Generation and Regeneration of Books, Montreal
The 23rd annual SHARP conference was be held in Longueuil/Montreal (Canada), Tuesday, 7 July, to Friday, 10 July 2015. Hosted by the Groupe de recherches et d'études sur le li...
Gray, A. (2012, January). Can't Read or Won't Read? - Children's Reading Habits. Paper presented at International Conference on the Book
McCleery, A. (2001, October). Published in Scotland: publishing Scotland. Paper presented at Scottish Communication and Media Association, Universtiy of Stirling
Gray, A. 100 Years of Magazine Publishing in Scotland. Exhibited at Scotland. 24 June 2013 - 19 July 2013. (Unpublished)
Scotland wide, 24 June until 19 July 2013
McCleery, A. (2018). Minding Their Own Business: Penguin in Southern Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies, 44(3), 507-519. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2018.1452420
The title of this essay is taken from the 1975 Penguin African Library revised edition of Antony Martin’s ‘Minding Their Own Business: Zambia’s Struggle against Western Contro...
Baverstock, A., Steinitz, J., Webster-Henderson, B., Bryars, L., Cairncross, S., Ennis, L., …McLuckie, C. (2018). Using pre-arrival shared reading to promote a sense of community: A case study across two institutions. Logos, 29(4), https://doi.org/10.1163/18784712-02904005
Seeking to improve student enrolment, engagement, and retention, Kingston University began a pre-arrival shared reading scheme in 2014–2015, sending a free book to every stude...
Scottish Funding Council
Economic and Social Research Council
'Wayzgoose' is a term formerly used in the UK (and elsewhere in the English speaking world) to describe annual social outings that were organised by unions, management and workers in the publishing an...
Photo: Streetreads charity accepts first delivery of books from Merchiston Campus.
As part of this year's Napier Big Read, over 1,000 books donated from one campus at Edinburgh Napier Un...
5 March 2018
Napier Big Read is Finalist in Campaign of the Year in 3rd Annual Herald Higher Education Awards, 2017
5 July 2017
The University’s Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) runs a series of research seminars on Wednesday afternoons throughout the teaching trimesters. These seminars are designed to approach literar...
16 November 2016
20 September 2016
IT is a little-known Scottish science fiction novel which nearly sank without trace when it was published almost a century ago. Today, it is rated one of the 12 most essential Scottish sci-fi novels o...
13 May 2016
BBC story on The Glorious Thing, forgotten novel by Christine Orr, published by MSc Publishing.
27 November 2014
Families staying at Rachel House Children’s Hospice, run by Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) were given special preview of Merchiston Publishing’s new book ‘Treasure Island: A Play’.
29 May 2012
29 May 2012
Avril Gray joined a panel of experts to provide careers advice for The Guardian readers. The Q&A – ‘Careers in magazine publishing’ – advised on the different careers available in the sector, and the ...
10 January 2012
Edinburgh’s sick children got a dose of Christmas cheer when 100 free copies of children’s classic, "Peter and Wendy", were delivered to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
To mark the ...
20 December 2011
Head of the Publishing, Avril Gray, is on the judging panel for the 2011 Professional Publishers National Magazine Awards.
These awards - covering a variety of categories including print,...
1 December 2011
The M Word
Wednesday 24 April 2019
5.30 (for 6pm) to 8pm
Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhart
23 April 2019
Edinburgh Napier University
1 March 2018
1 December 2017 - 14 February 2018
Both event and exhibition at General Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh.
13 November 2017
Bosco Theatre (George Street), Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh.
14 August 2017
17 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
30 November 2016
28 September 2016
Edinburgh & London
14 September 2016
22 February 2016
20 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
3 May 2015
21 May 2014 - 1 June 2014
7 March 2014
Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh
27 June 2013