It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them; and Arthurs Seat was perfect witchcraft. I don't wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.

Washington Irving

Welcome to the City of Literature magazine: as well as information for those who want to get more involved in book groups, writers' courses and general book loving, we'll be regularly featuring articles and advice from authors.

Find out the inspirations for other book lovers - this month we've been talking to No Fireworks author Rodge Glass and acclaimed writer A L Kennedy.

For bona fide bookworms, we're developing a section for readers with suggested reading lists, ideas to get kids reading and advice on how to get more involved with the city's book groups - as well as a few hints on how to set up your own.  

We haven't neglected the writers among you: from guidance on getting published to local writing groups, there's plenty in the city to occupy those with a creative mind.

We are also featuring information about the wealth of activities run by the many libraries - both public and private - and an overview of the literary organisations based in the Scottish capital.

We will also be letting you know about the low-level, grass roots activities going on throughout the city - please get in touch if you have projects we can help you promote.