Creative & Cultural Careers Festival
  2nd - 6th March

Talks, Events & Workshops

World of Books and Publishing


March 4 / 14:00 - 16:00 / Appleton Tower

Talks & information stands. Meet Publishers, Retailers, Magazine Editors, Fiction Editors, Digital Publishers and others, who can help you find out about different careers, tips on how to get started, as well as information on jobs, placements and further study. Organised in partnership with Edinburgh University Literature Society and PublishED.


14:30 - 15:00 Portfolio careers in Books & Publishing;
Peggy Hughes is the Programme Manager at Literary Dundee (no. 28 in the List Magazine’s Hot 100 2014), which involves directing the Dundee Literary Festival (October), managing the Dundee International Book Prize alongside many other projects and publications. Peggy sits on various boards and steering groups, sometimes judges literary prizes and edits magazines. She also co-founded Electric Bookshop and the West Port Book Festival. Hear more about these projects, how Peggy manages to juggle all of her commitments and learn how you can build a varied and colourful career in Publishing.

15:15- 15:45 Getting Started in Publishing;
Marion Sinclair is Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland, the development body for the book publishing industry in Scotland. She began her career at Polygon, a publishing house set up by the students of Edinburgh University which was owned at that time by Edinburgh University Press, before moving on to lecturing and business development. Come and hear from Marion on her career to date and her top tips for getting work in the sector.


Canongate - Publisher

Edinburgh University Press - Publisher

Fraser Ross Associates - Literary Agency

Literature Society

Napier University - Postgraduate Courses

Professional Publishers Association (PPA) - Magazine Publishing

Publish.ed - Publishing Society

The Skinny - Magazine Publishing

Winskill Editorial - Editor