Evening lecturers in the literary limelight

Evening lecturers in the literary limelight
Tom and Julie at Scotland Prestige Awards 2023-24

Two popular evening course lecturers at Forth Valley College have been enjoying the literary limelight recently.

Dr Tom Christie - who runs Extremis Publishing - and who currently teaches the Stirling Campus based evening course ‘Writing for Publication’,  has just won Independent Publishing Company of the Year for the third consecutive year at the Scotland Prestige Awards.

He is also the co-author – along with Stirling Council Archaeologist Murray Cook who teaches the equally popular ‘Digging Stirling’ evening course at the Stirling Campus  – of a new book currently flying off the shelves entitled ‘Scotland's Christmas: Festive Celebrations, Traditions and Customs in Scotland from Samhain to Still Game’ and published by Extremis.

The Prestige prize for 2023/24 was conferred to Dr Christie and his sister Julie Christie– who is also a Director of the company - at a ceremony at the Barony Castle Hotel in Peebles, on Monday 23 October.

The Scotland Prestige Awards aim to celebrate the work of businesses which provide persistently accomplished products to the market in which they are situated, and the judging panel based their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the products and services provided, innovative practices, value, ethical and sustainable methods of working, and consistency in performance.

Dr Christie, said: "When we started out on our business journey, we could never have imagined being awarded Independent Publishing Company of the Year

However, to have won this award for three years running has been a dream come true not just for us, but for the many authors we have had the privilege of working with."

Extremis Publishing is an independent publishing house based in the Central Scotland city of Stirling. The company is dedicated to producing the highest quality of non-fiction in the subject areas of the arts, media and culture, and is committed to the delivery of a publishing programme which is innovative, original and wide-reaching.

In addition to publishing new writing, the company also produces a number of video features and two monthly podcasts. It has since also moved into the field of the spoken word, with free-to-access features appearing on the acclaimed ethical audio streaming site Jeeni, and delivers a regular lecture series about writing for publication at Forth Valley College.

Founded by brother and sister publishing team Tom and Julie Christie in 2015, Extremis Publishing began its life with the intention of producing books that were different, eclectic, quirky, and never run of the mill.

This included encouraging new authors of any age, all of whom had an interesting story that deserved to be told. They would describe their approach as author-focused, unconventional, and innovative. The company arranges author events and book signings which are publicised via the company's social media channels as well as on their website news page.

Extremis Publishing has plans for many forthcoming books with a variety of authors both established and brand new. The company would like to thank all of their business associates, from the writers they work with through to everyone who attends their public launches, events and lectures.

For more information about Extremis Publishing and its catalogue of books, please visit the company's website at:  https://www.extremispublishing.com . For more information on the Writing For Publication course at FVC visit https://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/courses/creative-industries-and-media/writing-for-publication-evening and for more information on the Digging Stirling course visit https://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/courses/tourism/digging-stirling-an-introduction-to-archaeology-history-of-stirling-evening