About Us

A recipe for success

Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. It’s made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal soaked overnight in a wee splash of whisky. Here at Cranachan Publishing we focus on sourcing the finest, freshest writing so that we can produce books that our readers will want to devour in one sitting.

As a recipe for success, the two vital ingredients of Cranachan Publishing are Anne Glennie and Helen MacKinven. Meeting over five years ago at a writing conference, Anne and Helen soon realised that they not only shared a passion for books and writing, they also had lots in common such as a background in teaching and educational training, as well as a love of animals and quirky jewellery. They became close friends, writing mentors for each other, colleagues and ultimately business partners when they decided to combine 45+ years of skills and knowledge to create Cranachan Publishing. Sing along to their adopted theme tune!



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Cranachan’s Founder: Anne Glennie

Anne Photo for BioMaking sure that Cranachan serves up mouth-watering books, Anne Glennie, as the founder and director, heads up the team. With a degree in English Language and Literature, she has always been passionate about learning and books. Her specialisms lie in editing, proofreading, copywriting and branding.

Anne also runs her own education consultancy, The Learning Zoo www.thelearningzoo.co.uk  which offers leading-edge training in all aspects of children’s literacy for teachers. Anne is a founding committee member of IFERI – the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction and is known for her thought-provoking education comment pieces.

A writer herself, she focusses on creative non-fiction– but also writes fiction freelance for reading schemes used in schools. She is the author of nine children’s reading books which will be published later this year by a leading educational publisher.



Publishing Director: Helen MacKinven

HMK's pic B&WHelen is a qualified Primary Teacher and has concentrated on training and development during her career in education and has over twenty five years of experience in the design and delivery of training to teachers at a local and national level.
She also writes contemporary Scottish fiction, with a particular interest in exploring themes such as social class and identity, using black comedy and featuring Scots dialect. She graduated with merit from Stirling University with an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2012.

Her short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, such as Gutter magazine and one of her novels was shortlisted in a UK-wide competition by Hookline Books. Her debut novel, Talk of the Toun, a coming-of-age story set in 1985 in central Scotland was published by ThunderPoint in 2015 and her latest novel, Buy Buy Baby was published by Cranachan in July 2016.

She also works as a literacy consultant with The Learning Zoo delivering training to teachers in the Reflective Reading programme and is currently a Scottish Book Trust writer-in-residence at Levenmouth Academy in Fife.

Helen blogs at helenmackinven.co.uk and you can find her on Twitter as @HelenMacKinven


The proof of the pudding is in the reading – bon appetit, or as we say in Gaelic, Ith gu leòir!