I will say it fairly, it grows on me with every year: there are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh street-lamps.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Edinburgh is the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, pioneer in an international network of UNESCO Creative Cities. This permanent, non competitive title bestows international recognition on Edinburgh and Scotland as a world centre for literature and literary activity.

The City of Literature Trust is an independent charity which works to promote literary Edinburgh, champion Scotland’s literature and develop international literary partnerships. We facilitate, animate and enable organisations to work together to promote literature and reading.

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From innovative reading campaigns to international outreach and creative exchanges, the City of Literature Trust provides a focus and co-ordination for literary activity, reaching out to a wide audience. Check out some of our recent projects.

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