Peter Burns

Peter Burns – Designer

Publishing professional with over ten years' experience, specialising in cover design and layout for non-fiction and sport.


I am a freelance cover designer with over ten years' experience in fiction and non-fiction book publishing.

I am available to work on all aspects of your book's design, from front cover visuals just for eBooks or a complete jacket for print editions.

I have worked on everything from novels to non-fiction biographies and histories, to fully-illustrated coffee table books, children's books and poetry titles. With over a decade's experience in picture research and illustration I can help find the perfect images for your book's cover, as well as being able to create something entirely new should your cover require bespoke illustration, and find just the right typography to really make it stand out.
Biographies & Memoirs History Sports & Outdoors
  • MA English Literature, University of St Andrews
  • MSc in Publishing, Napier University

Work experience


Jun, 2012 — Present

Birlinn Ltd, Arena Sport, Polygon

Jul, 2006 — Present

I have spent over ten years working in editorial and production for Scotland's biggest independent publisher, Birlinn Ltd. I am the Editorial Manager for Arena Sport, Birlinn's sports imprint, and also do cover design and typesetting for all of Arena's titles.

I have worked on a number of freelance projects for Polygon and for private individuals and companies.


On an island like no other, populated by writers, the annual Brilliant & Forever Festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends - two human, one alpaca - are chosen to compete, so ... read more
Featuring the thoughts of 175 players who have represented Scotland since the very first Test match in 1871, Behind the Thistle gives a unique insight into the drama and emotion of playing for Scotland in that most rarefied of environments - Test match rugby. ... read more
Rowing After the White Whale
This is the official autobiography of Brazil and Barcelona superstar Neymar. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is one of the most iconic players in football, a superstar for Barcelona FC and the greatest name in modern-day Brazilian sport. His journey to the peak ... read more
‘Sobering, shocking’ - Daily Telegraph‘Tragic, brilliant’ - Autosport ‘Terrific’ - Guardian‘Brilliant, dramatic, unmissable’ - Daily Express‘Illuminating and moving’ - ObserverThis is the story of Formula One’s killer years when the sport was out of control. I... read more
Detailing every Test match ever played by the top ten international teams (Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales) as well as histories and head-to-head statistics for the second and third tier inte... read more
Much like the match itself, Behind the Ryder Cup is as unique as it is unmissable . . . comprehensive and fascinating, this is a history of the biennial contest unlike any you've ever read before' – BunkeredEnter the locker room: this is a history of the Ryder... read more
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is one of the most successful professional boxers of all time. In September 2015 he defeated Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to claim his forty-ninth professional victory in a glittering unbeaten ring career that... read more

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