Something of the sort is to be seen in Salisbury Crags at Edinburgh. ... 'It was on that, ' said Professor Challenger, pointing to the tree, 'that the pterodactyl was perched. I climbed halfway up the rock before I shot him.'

"The Lost World," Arthur Conan Doyle


Below are all the upcoming literary events that take place at venues all across our City of Literature - from storytelling and poetry to readings, exhibitions and competitions. Or all the ones that have been if you are watching the archived events.

You can use the box to the right to narrow your search.


Overview of All Events


Wha's like us?

18.12.2013
This exhibition presents a selection of outstanding achievements by Scots and Scotland…

School of Poets

15.04.2014
Founded in 1981 by Tessa Ransford, The School of Poets meets monthly.…

The School of Poets

18.04.2014
Founded in 1981 by Tessa Ransford, The School of Poets meets monthlyand…

Dear Scotland

24.04.2014
A walking performance written by 20 of Scotland's leading writers and…

Stranger Than Fiction

24.04.2014
Stranger Than Fiction is a very informal and friendly writers' group…

Neu! Reekie! 49

25.04.2014
Neu! Reekie! is a delicious feast of spoken word, animation and music…

Edinburgh Sci-Fi Bookgroup

25.04.2014
The Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group meet on the last Tuesday of…

Shakespeare Sonnet: Nothing but the Poem

26.04.2014
Nothing but The Poem is a poetry reading session with Reader Development…

Three Poets and Some Seed

26.04.2014
A reading of poems inspired by a walk at the Royal Botanic…

The Great War: Portobello and Edinburgh

26.04.2014
A programme of events at Portobello library to mark the centenary of…

Book Lover's Tour

26.04.2014
To discover literary Edinburgh, you have to walk it, defying Robert Louis…

Rebus Tours: Hidden Edinburgh

26.04.2014
Starting in the Rebus pub The Royal Oak, this two hour walking…

Shore Poets: April

27.04.2014
The April edition of Shore Poets is its popular Open Night. so…

The Secret Language Of Place And Travel

27.04.2014
A one day creative writing course run by Appletree writers, this is…

The Sunday Assembly

27.04.2014
Come on, get happy! The next Sunday Assembly features a local…

Blackwell's Adult Book Group

28.04.2014
Who says reading is a solitary pursuit? Not us! Come…

Golden Hare Bookgroup

28.04.2014
A friendly bookgroup that takes place on the last monday of…

Edinburgh Creative Writers Club

28.04.2014
Edinburgh Creative Writers Club meets every Monday. Most people bring something to…

Lach's Antihoot

28.04.2014
A night of storytelling, music, poetry and performances curated and hosted…

Edinburgh Review 139: Launch

29.04.2014
Join the Edinburgh Review team in the excellent Word Power Books to…

Landscapes & Birds of Scotland

29.04.2014
Blackwell’s is delighted to be hosting an event with artist Leo Du…

SPL Poetry Workshop

29.04.2014
Jennifer Williams, poet and Scottish Poetry Library Programme Manager, facilitates this writing…

Edinburgh All-Comers Writers Club

29.04.2014
The exciting Edinburgh All-Comers Writers Club invites writers to come along and…

Edinburgh Genre Group

29.04.2014
Bi-weekly meeting for genre writers looking for critiques, support and writing-related…

Play Time

29.04.2014
The National Library of Scotland has a new fornightly group for lovers…

Alexander Moffat & Alan Riach

30.04.2014
As part of TradFest we welcome Alexander Moffat & Alan Riach…

Hillary Rohde: The Other Side

30.04.2014
Hillary Rohde launches her autobiography, The Other Side , a…

Understanding Scottish Identity

30.04.2014
A day long conference exploring aspects of Scottish identity, their historical development…

New Edinburgh Writers

30.04.2014
New Edinburgh Writers meet every every Wednesday from 6-8pm in Fountainbridge Library,…

Alice Greenway: The Bird Skinner

01.05.2014
American author Alice Greenway visits to discuss her new book,…

Doug Johnstone: The Dead Beat

01.05.2014
Edinburgh author Doug Johnstone launches his latest novel, The Dead Beat…

First Thursday First Thirty Club

01.05.2014
A new poetry, storytelling and music venue in Scotland's oldest pub…

Lindsey Davis: A Cruel Fate

01.05.2014
Lindsey will be at Leith Library to talk about A Cruel…

Lindsey Davis: Historical whodunnist!

01.05.2014
Lindsey will discuss her long and varied writing career, spanning 20 novels…

Professor Edward Mendelson: Lecture

01.05.2014
Why Penelope was Right about Music, Marriage, and the Gods: What…

Tricolour: NLS Poetry Night

01.05.2014
The spoken word and performance poetry scene is thriving in Scotland. …

Tricolour: NLS Poetry Night

01.05.2014
The spoken word and performance poetry scene is thriving in Scotland.  Tricolour…

Burns for Beginners

02.05.2014
Want to know more about Robert Burns but just can’t…

Charlie Fletcher: The Oversight

02.05.2014
Charlie Fletcher is in town for the Scottish launch of The…

Rally & Broad: Bongo Lives!

02.05.2014
The Ampersand Edition is a special, one off Rally & Broad night…

The Inkwell Issue IX Launch

03.05.2014
PublishED is ready to launch the 9th issue of the Inkwell, featuring…

Illicit Ink Underground: Word Games

04.05.2014
Illicit Ink return with another selection of sinister stories from some of…

Walter Scott and the Storytellers

06.05.2014
Is ‘storyteller’ a polite word for ‘liar’? Or are storytellers the speakers…

Ian Gow: Scotlands Lost Houses

07.05.2014
Join National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow as he talks about…

Dilys Rose: Pelmanism

08.05.2014
In this sensitive new novel from Dilys Rose, fragments of memory reveal…

Scottish Referendum Panel

08.05.2014
Join us as David Torrance, Peter Lynch, Alan Cochrane and George Kerevan…

Gaelic Literary Tour of Edinburgh

09.05.2014
A bilingual walking tour of Old Town locations associated with Scotland’s…

Interactive Writing Salon: Polish Poets

10.05.2014
Interactive Writing Salon in Scotland is pleased to invite you to an…

ORG Scotland Discussion Day

10.05.2014
Open Rights Group Scotland is holdinf a discussion day with Charlie Stross,…

Book Sale: Christian Aid

10.05.2014
Much More Than A Booksale Since inception…

Musselburgh Hotpot

11.05.2014
The Musselburgh Hotpot is a monthly open floor performance thingummy welcoming all…

Mark Ellen: Rock Stars Stole My Life!

13.05.2014
If you are into your music then this event…

Hazel McHaffie: Over My Dead Body

14.05.2014
Author Hazel McHaffie will be along to talk about her most…

Poems Aloud in the Library

14.05.2014
Do you have a favourite poem? Do you love hearing poems read…

Stephen C. Neff: Justice Among Nations

14.05.2014
In this age of globalisation, how do we define and apply…

The Business

15.05.2014
The Business is an event exploring the world of publishing in…

Language and the Land

17.05.2014
Explore the Scottish Parliament building and language and writing…

Introduction to Screenwriting: Express!

17.05.2014
Got great screenwriting ideas & no time? Develop a 5-10 min screenplay…

Saturday could be Creative Writing Day

17.05.2014
A monthly morning session that aims to make Saturday a creative…

Val McDermid: Cross and Burn

22.05.2014
Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in UK crime writing.…

Chris Kent: The Golem

24.05.2014
Christopher Kent is an artist and writer based in the Borders…

Self Publishing Day: Publishing Scotland

25.05.2014
This day is for writers thinking about self-publishing or who already self-publish…

Into The Unknown

28.05.2014
A one day creative writing course run by Appletree writers, exploring our…

Language and the Land

13.06.2014
Explore the Scottish Parliament building and language and writing…

Rough Greeting: Writing Workshop

15.06.2014
In Alice’s workshops participents will be finding their way to their own…

Lesley Riddoch

19.06.2014
Come and meet journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch. She'll be discussing…

Language and the Land

12.07.2014
Explore the Scottish Parliament building and language and writing in,…

Language and the Land

02.08.2014
Explore the Scottish Parliament building and language and writing…


Want to Know More?

If you want to find out more about the organisations, writers and projects that together make up Edinburgh City of Literature, you might want to look here.