As of the 1 of January this year, The The Conan Doyle Pub on York Place has been changed, for now, to The J.K Rowling. The renaming of the pub is only temporary (for fans of Sherlock) and is part of a fascinating and immersive new visual art installation and event taking place in Edinburgh throughout January.
Organised and run by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Message from the Skies is a collaboration between crime writer Val McDermid, theatre director Philip Howard, and Double Take projections.
Message from the Skies lets you explore literary Edinburgh in a new light, as it showcases the streets and buildings that have inspired some of the city’s authors, including the likes of Susan Ferrier, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.K. Rowling and Muriel Spark.
Featuring a myriad of light projections, art and sound installations, the trail moves from location to location, following Val McDermid’s story, ‘New Year’s Resurrection’. Each landmark or building has its own chapter meaning that the entire story can be enjoyed in a day or over a period of time.
The accompanying app, available at the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android), translates the story into seven languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Simplified Chinese and Spanish) and an audio description will be available for visually impaired visitors. The event runs from the 1 January until 25 January.
And for the Harry Potter fans out there who wish there was a dedicated Harry Potter bar in the city, have no fear, because your wish is being granted. Info here.