It’s pretty chilly in the City of Literature at the moment, so whether you’re thinking of bundling up and heading out to the Christmas market, or snuggling next to the tree with a good book, Edinburgh’s got you covered.
If you’re looking for a good read, the Saltire Literary Awards lists is a pretty good place to start. Huge congratulations to Professor Dame Sue Black for bagging the top prize, with a whole heap of genres, styles and stories represented in the very impressive shortlists. We’re also looking forward to getting stuck into Ian Rankin’s new Rebus thriller In A House of Lies, published by Orion.
Looking for something more international? Have a look at the hashtag #CitiesofLitRead from Friday 14th for top literary tips from our sister Cities of Literature around the world. Add to the conversation on Twitter or Facebook, and let us know what your picks are for a seasonal treat.
For those with warm coats and a sense of adventure, 1st January sees the return of Message from the Skies, part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 19. Six of Scotland’s most celebrated authors have each written love letters to Europe, which will be projected around the city. Following the success of last year’s Susan Ferrier-inspired tale by Val McDermid, this year will see six of Edinburgh’s buildings animated with words and music to celebrate the start of the new year.
Custom House in Leith will display the words of Chitra Ramaswamy, accompanied by the art of Daniel Warren and music by Emma Pollock. Kapka Kassabova, with Pippa Murphy and Brightside Studios will be lighting up the Scottish Monument on Carlton Hill, while Summerhall’s Techcube will be adorned with writing from Louis Welsh and art by Emlyn Firth. The Bongo Club, nestled in the Cowgate, will have work by playwright Stef Smith, musician MJ McCarthy and artist Eleanor Meredith, with the Tron Kirk – just up the road – hosting William Dalrymple, RJ McConnell and Double Take Projections. Finally, Leith Library is being adorned with the work of poet Billy Letford and the art of James Houston.
Message from the Skies runs until 25th January, from dusk until 10pm each day.
In the meantime, all the most festive of greetings from the Edinburgh City of Literature team: may your 2019 be packed full of books, words and ideas.