A-Z of Writers

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James Matthew Barrie was an Edinburgh-born novelist and playwright who is best known for his play Peter Pan, or The Boy who Wouldn’t Grow... Read more


John Barbour was a Scottish poet, sometimes called the father of Scottish poetry. He wrote in Scots, and is best known for epic poem The BrusRead more


John Buchan was a writer and a diplomat, eventually becoming the Governor General of Canada. He’s best known for The 39 Steps, one of hi... Read more


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Marie Stopes is best known for her book on birth control, Married Love. She was a palaeobotanist, academic, eugenicist, a women’s rights... Read more


Muriel Spark was an award wining Scottish novelist. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Spark’s literary career spanned periods living in Britain, Ne... Read more


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Robert Burns is regarded as Scotland’s national poet and lyricist, who authored poems ranging from the profound to the bawdy, and whose influ... Read more


Robert Fergusson was a brilliant Edinburgh-born poet, living and writing at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment. A huge influence on Robert Bu... Read more


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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, and after a period spent studying in various locations in Britain and Austria, studied medicine at Ed... Read more


Sir Walter Scott was born in 1771 in Edinburgh. When he was very young he caught polio, and in 1774 he was sent to the Borders to live with his aun... Read more


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