and who, indeed that has once seen Edinburgh, with its couchant crag-lion, but must see it again in dreams, waking or sleeping?

Charlotte Bronte

The projects we work on, current and completed, are all designed to celebrate and promote Edinburgh's literature, and to inspire an interest in books, words and reading.

Summer Read 2010

Take a break with a great Scottish book this summer as part of the brand new TESCO Bank Summer Read, a national reading promotion running from March - August 2010.

Twenty titles, set in Scotland or written by Scottish authors, form the varied shortlist: fiction and non-fiction;  adult, teen and children; English, Scots and Gaelic; spoken word and graphic novel.

You can vote for your favourite Summer Read, and be in with a chance to win a Sony eReader.



                link to Flora MacDonald Tesco Bank Summer Read



An initiative by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the Tesco Bank Summer Read celebrates new titles set in Scotland or Scottish authors and will be promoted by libraries across the country.

Voting and Prizes

Following the launch at the Aye Write! festival, the shortlist will be promoted in public libraries across Scotland from March to August 2010.  A public vote run by partners The Herald will allow readers to select the winning title - one lucky voter winning a top of the range Sony eReader.


To help readers decide, there will also be a programme of related reading events taking place in libraries across Scotland throughout the summer months, and a series of special features on the shortlisted authors appearing in The Herald, along with a special Tesco Bank Summer Read supplement which will be distributed to libraries across the country.

The winning authors (and voter) will be announced at a special closing event in Edinburgh in August 2010 - look out for more information.

About the Summer Read

In November 2008 we visited Melbourne, our sister City of Literature, as part of our Greater North project. We were invited along to the fantastic launch of the State Library of Victoria’s Summer Read, and spent the evening wondering if we could run a similar campaign in Scotland.

We were so impressed by the project that we have brought it back to Scotland, and have developed it with our partners - the Scottish Library and Information Council, Publishing Scotland, Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Herald and Glasgow Libraries.