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The One Book - One Edinburgh citywide reading campaigns aim to bring residents together to read the same book at the same time in Edinburgh, a UNESCO City of Literature. A range of new editions of the chosen book are developed in a variety of formats for all ages and reading levels and given away in their thousands across schools, libraries, art and leisure centres, book groups and community groups to celebrate and encourage reading. The campaign brings together partners to offer a busy programme of events and activities throughout the city each February.
The first One Book – One Edinburgh citywide reading campaign, co-ordinated by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, took place in 2007 when thousands of free copies of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped were distributed across Edinburgh. As well as a paperback edition of the original text, four editions of a sensational graphic novel by Alan Grant, and illustrated by Cam Kennedy were also made available – the original story, a Scots edition, a Gaelic edition and a modern text version. Every primary and high school in the city participated in the campaign.
In 2008, another Stevenson classic – Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – was selected and a special new paperback edition was developed and supported by a graphic novel by Grant and Kennedy. In 2009 The City of Literature Trust participated in The Lost World Read 2009, the largest collaborative reading campaign in the UK, and worked with Glasgow, Bristol and a number of other cities and library authorities.
Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
Edinburgh was designated the first UNESCO City of Literature in late 2004 and as a result the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust charity was formed to promote reading in Edinburgh, encourage involvement with Scotland’s literature and nurture literary partnerships around the world. See www.cityofliterature.com.
Scottish Poetry Library
The Scottish Poetry Library is an independent library open and accessible to all. It is based in an award-winning building in Edinburgh and houses a collection of Scottish and international poetry in books and magazines, on tape and CD, together with a substantial children’s section. It also holds collections across Scotland, from Shetland to the Borders. The Scottish Poetry Library is receives foundation funding from the Scottish Arts Council. See www.spl.org.uk.
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