Celebrating Our Literary Heritage

The literary heritage of Edinburgh is enormous! Edinburgh isn’t just the world’s first City of Literature, it’s where Scotland’s first book was published, where the first circulating library was born, where the world’s oldest magazine was created, where the first Professor of English Literature taught. For over 500 years Edinburgh has been built on books. Take a trip through the literary history of Edinburgh with our simple timeline and find out some more with the highlights below.

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Our Projects Across the Years

Get our full list of City of Literature Trust projects. Read more
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Celebrate #RLS Day

Celebrate Robert Louis Stevenson and his work wherever you are in the world. Read more
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Our Literary Story

Get the complete story of Edinburgh, a city built on books, words and ideas. Read more