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Edinburgh’s Central Library has been asking readers to nominate their favourite childhood books recently, and it’s striking how many of the titles are still popular today. Is it because they were read to people as children by family members who loved it when they were wee? Or is it just… read more >>

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The Craigmillar Literacy Trust is looking for a Literacy Programmes Coordinator to plan and deliver Creating and Learning Together project which includes the Craigmillar Book Festival, Creative Residencies, My Own Book scheme and related activities. Craigmillar Literacy Trust promotes literacy and reading for all in Craigmillar, Edinburgh through the Craigmillar… read more >>

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If you know a young writer aged between 14 and 17 in Edinburgh point them in the direction of Morningside Library. Jean Brodie’s local library is starting a Creative Writing Meet-Up every second Tuesday (excluding the Easter holiday) from 3rd March where budding writers can take part in writing activities… read more >>

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To the tune of National Express by The Divine Comedy – an excellent literary musical crossover combo if ever we saw one – and with deep, deep apologies to Neil Hannon (and all songwriters everywhere). The Culture Express Take the Culture Express When your mind is distressed It will set… read more >>

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(Pic: A couple of poets getting all up in each other’s grills mid-flyte) To mark World Community Arts Day Edinburgh’s Red Roomers and Craigmillar Poets will hold the second annual Edinburgh Flyting, reviving a centuries-old tradition of verbal poetic abuse, performance and entertainment. If you think poetry slams and rap… read more >>

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On what would have been Iain Banks’ 61st birthday, a new joint collection of poetry by him and friend and fellow author Ken MacLeod is published. Best known as a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction and science fiction (as Iain M Banks) Iain had written poetry since high school and… read more >>

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With its large eyes, long body, short legs and big head with a silky topknot (see above), the Dandie Dinmont terrier is a strange looking dog, but its history has just gotten even stranger. They were created by Sir Walter Scott. Named for the character Dandie Dinmont in Sir Walter… read more >>

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See Edinburgh through the eyes of two emerging writers living and working in the world’s first City of Literature The Digital Writers’ Festival, organised by sister City of Literature Melbourne, aims to reach as many people as possible using new technology to host interesting and exciting events which can reach… read more >>

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When a plan comes together in Edinburgh, City of Literature it’s pretty spectacular. And what could be more spectacular than poetry by Sir Walter Scott projected on to the dramatic and epic landscape of Scotland and being able to see it at the National Library of Scotland? To mark the… read more >>

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