In 2007, we created One Book - One Edinburgh, an annual collaborative reading adventure, bringing together partners across the city, from large organisations to individuals, to read one book together.
Each February, we run three month-long programmes of events for schools, community outreach and public. Thousands of copies of specially commissioned books are distributed to the public and target groups - in addition to the classic books, adaptations such as graphic novels, biographies, abridged editions, audio books and related materials, including reading guides. In 2009 The Lost World became the UK's largest reading campaign, joining cities across Britain.
2007 - Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
2008 - Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
2009 - The Lost World Read
2010 - Carry a Poem, a collection of poems people carry and the reasons why
"They are all really enjoying the experience - especially the boys!" - St Joseph's RC Primary School
Vital Statistics for One Book - One Edinburgh
10,000 people have attended 64 public events in Edinburgh across three years (2007-2009).
We work with 65 partner organisations across Edinburgh.
93,000 books distributed freely across Edinburgh over four years (2007-2010).
152 Edinburgh schools have received free books and teaching resources annually.
71 book groups received specially produced copies.
Around 1.4 million hits and 138,000 visits to the project pages on the City of Literature website from 2007 - 2009, plus 16,000 visits to the dedicated campaign site in 2009.
93 per cent of those who expressed an opinion in the questionnaires said their reading experience had been enhanced by joining the project.
97 per cent of those who expressed an opinion said they would be interested in joining future reading projects.
"The proportion of the less affluent groups was higher than usually expected when profiling audiences for cultural events and activities" - The Audience Business