Independent Publisher of Course Books and Study Guides

About us

Bright Red Publishing is a multi-award-winning independent publishing company which develops high quality Study Guides for the National 4, National 5, CfE Higher and CfE Advanced Higher qualifications and also Course Books for S1 to S3 (BGE) courses.  In 2013, we collaborated with Edinburgh Napier University to create our original online Digital Zone to offer extensive (and free) support for Scotland’s students and teachers during a time of immense educational change.

Since the start of the Bright Red journey in 2008, we have:

  • Twice been named UK Educational Publishing Company of the Year at the Independent Publishing Guild Awards.
  • Twice been shortlisted for UK Independent Publisher of the Year Award at the Bookseller Industry Awards.
  • Won the Local Business Accelerator: Edinburgh award in June 2013
  • Been Highly Commended at both The Bookseller Industry Awards and the Interface Excellence Awards.
  • Won the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Award for our Digital Zone.

Our small team manage all aspects of the business from our office and warehouse in Fife and we are proud to serve and supply schools, teachers, parents and pupils right across Scotland – from Stranraer to Stromness.



In addition to our excellent books, our ground breaking Digital Zone, originally developed with Edinburgh Napier University in 2013, has supported hundreds of thousands of teachers and students since launch. The Digital Zone offers a broad range of online content to students approaching their National 5, CfE Higher and CfE Advanced Higher qualifications which integrates completely with our best-selling Study Guides.

Developing the very best study material possible for Scottish students and teachers is the essence of what we do. The great feedback we receive on our books and the Digital Zone is an ongoing encouragement and if you want to find out a bit more about the faces behind the Bright Red, have a look at our biographies!



John MacPherson, Director

Meandering through too many years in higher education, John accidentally fell into the world of publishing at the start of the millennium.  After five years working at the educational publishing coalface, he found himself in the role of Commissioning Editor and ready to take on something a bit more demanding.  With global financial meltdown on the horizon in late 2007, he decided the timing was perfect to start an exciting new publishing company!  John is involved in all aspects of the business but probably busiest when commissioning new titles and developing digital products.

John lives in rural Fife, loves chopping wood and running up hills and can't wait to get a dog. 

Alan Grierson, Director

After a short, unfulfilling stint in banking, Alan studied Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University before embarking on a much more rewarding career in the world of books. First port of call was the literary hotspot of Edinburgh’s new town and a brief sojourn amongst the shelves of the much missed Stockbridge bookshop. Before long, the bright lights of London town and a job with the venerable Butterworth & Co tempted Alan southwards. Alan became well versed in all things editorial and production and he humbly accepted the promotions that came his way. After a decade of toiling in the big smoke, Alan followed his heart and went home to be with his girl from the north country!

They are now happily married with two children and a succession of dwarf Russian hamsters, and live on the edge of the Pentland hills. When not working or spending time with his family, Alan likes to don a fancy shirt and socialise with pals or join his fellow Tartan Army footsoldiers on their high jinks around Europe.

Emily Ronald, Marketing and Publishing Assistant

Like many people, Emily wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she left high school, so she decided to put off that tough decision by going to university! A few years and a few jobs in retail, hospitality, and education later, Emily decided to go down the publishing route.

However, she had no knowledge whatsoever of the publishing industry, so like Alan, Emily also studied Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University, which is where her interest in marketing began.

Emily lives in Glasgow, and in her spare time loves watching films, meeting with friends, and finding new restaurants with her partner.