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National Poetry Day is the nation’s biggest celebration of poetry, so how will you mark it? This year’s theme is Remember. What’s the poem that sticks in your head? Is it from school, from a lover or something that made you remember a happy time? However short, let the world… read more >>

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The Portobello Book Festival is a vibrant local celebration of books and reading organised by a committee of book, word and idea lovers beside the sea. This welcoming festival has attracted some big names over the years but it has a strong emphasis on local history and writers. This year… read more >>

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Once a year, from the 27th to the 28th of September, Edinburgh throws its hidden spaces wide for Doors Open Day, allowing visitors to explore mysterious and magnificent nooks, crannies and treasure houses. And it’s all, gloriously, free. Choose from over a hundred venues, featuring behind the scenes tours, activities,… read more >>

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Kiera Docherty has won the Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition. Her story Relay was voted best short story online by voters, beating 157 entries from countries around the world including New Zealand, Trinidad and the United States. Over 1000 online votes were cast, with Docherty’s story emerging as the clear… read more >>

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Fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be delighted to learn that this Saturday, the 13th of September, you can collect a free copy of the book at a library near you. Edinburgh libraries have thrown themselves behind ITV Good Morning Britain’s ‘Just Read’ campaign, as over… read more >>

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Edinburgh City of Literature Trust has teamed up with our colleagues at Krakow, City of Literature to bring Edinburgh poems and poets to the streets, or rather walls, of the city. Poems On The Walls is a project in Bracka Street, Krakow where a different poem is displayed each night… read more >>

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How do we know Edinburgh is a City of Literature? Here’s a true story from Rachel McCrum, one half of Rally & Broad one of the city’s most fabulous spoken word nights. ‘It was just great’ “Last week, caught somewhere between basking in post-Festival glow, sighing into the exhausted relief… read more >>

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the world’s largest celebration of the written word, but away from the signing tents and bookshops there are events to support and encourage writers at the beginning of their career. If you’re starting out, getting yourself noticed in the book world can seem the… read more >>

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The shortlists for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards have just been announced by Scottish Book Trust and Edinburgh writers and publishers have done very well indeed! Publisher Kelpies has three titles shortlisted in two sections. Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall and Pyrate’s Boy by EB Collin… read more >>

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The £20, 000 Ediwin Morgan Poetry Award 2014 has been won by Niall Campbell. The bi-annual competition – the UK’s richest poetry prize – which is funded by the Edwin Morgan trust and run by the Scottish Poetry Library, was judged by poets Stewart Conn and Jen Hadfield and is… read more >>

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