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Discover the world of the Literary Tourist

If you're a business, there's lots of opportunities for you to attract literary tourists to Edinburgh and to link them to your business.

Business Opportunities Guide

Our ETAG Business Opportunities Guide -City of Literature-
is designed for businesses in and around Edinburgh.

We have also made an overview of various literary resources that can benefit your business.

Welcome to Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature. Our city is built on books, brimming with writers and readers and home to the world's largest Book Festival.

Use this literature hub to discover more about Edinburgh's literary landmarks, Scottish literature and search our events database to find out what's going on.

  • Discover the world of the Literary TouristExplore these opportunities to attract literary tourists
    to Edinburgh and to link them to your business
  • What's On in Edinburgh?An overview of upcoming literary events
  • Alexander McCall Smith unveils Art WallThis is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.
  • Edinburgh's book cultureFind out what makes our city an imaginative haven

Sir Walter Scott's Waverley
The Next Chapter

On 7th July, the 200th anniversary of the publication of Waverley by Sir Walter Scott, Edinburgh publisher Luath proudly launched a new edition of the book, called Sir Walter Scott's Waverley: Newly adapted for the modern reader by Jenni Calder.

Beside the Scott Monument – the world's largest monument to a writer – on Princes Street there was a birthday cake, a piper and glasses of fizz to toast Scott and his revolutionary debut novel.

Find out more >


Don't Miss

purpleTV's interactive Edinburgh Book Trail App

The independent television and digital media production has created an Edinburgh Book Trail for locals and visitors to the city to enjoy. It offers a range of different trails in one app as well as a series of author interviews and an interactive game trail. 

Find out more here.

A Secret Golden Age app uncovers Edinburgh's medieval literary past

You can already walk in the footsteps of Rebus, Spud and RLS, but a new free app from Edinburgh University leads you further back into Edinburgh's literary history from medieval times until the 18th century.

Read all about it here.

Funded by:

Scottish Executive Scottish Arts Council City of Edinburgh Council



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