Who We Are

Medina Publishing is a young independent publishing company with a broad range of titles for children and adults. Our mission is to educate and entertain, to foster cultural understanding, particularly between the West and the Islamic world, and to encourage respect for our planet and all its inhabitants.

Our History

From its foundation in 2009, Medina Publishing has established a reputation for high quality books on the Arabian peninsula, from academic works to illustrated children’s books and the Arabian horse.

The Journey

More recently, Medina Publishing has branched out into such diverse areas as biography and memoirs, cli-fi, photography and politics, and – under its imprint Barzipan – romance and humour. We now publish many of our books as eBooks and are exploring audio books as well.

Our Team

Peter Harrigan
Founding Director
Peter Harrigan is founding director and commissioning editor of Medina Publishing. He is author of the book Riyadh: Oasis of Heritage and Vision (2016), the first detailed and illustrated history of the Saudi capital up to the present time.
Kitty Carruthers
Editorial Consultant
A founding director of Medina Publishing, Kitty Carruthers project manages all Editorial, Design and Production of the company. She is also the renowned author of British Olympic Heroes.
Jonathan Edwards
Financial Consultant
Jonathan retired from the British Army in 1997 with the rank of Major and a gong for outstanding administration and for keeping the tanks rolling in the First Gulf War. His experience of the Arab world (both in battle and in business) and his flair for organisation, administration and logistics make him an invaluable part of the team.
Shelly McDonald
Middle East Director
Shelly has lived in the UAE for 10 years and heads up our Middle East marketing and distribution.
Taslima Begum
Marketing and Publicity Executive
As the Marketing and Publicity Executive at Medina Publishing, Taslima manages all aspects of promotion, sales and marketing. She is also our voice on social media.
Madi Brooks
Operations Manager
Madi is our brain behind the numbers, analysing sales reports, author royalties and managing logistics.
Sherif Dhaimish
Project Leader, Medina Media
Sherif manages Medina Media's projects from conception to completion, liaising with designers, editors, researchers and the client.
Catherine Perks
Editorial Assistant and Project Manager
Catherine project manages a lot of our Medina Media books as well as assisting Kitty with our trade titles.
Alexandra Lawson
Design Assistant
Alexandra assists in the design of our books for both our trade books and Medina Media books.