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Hidden Door is returning to Leith, Edinburgh this year from 25 May – 3 Jun, with its 10-day multi-arts festival showcasing the work of emerging creatives in Scotland. Hidden Door is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run multi-arts festival transforming disused spaces in Edinburgh into temporary new and exciting places to discover and… read more >>

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The shortlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018 was announced today, with six books chosen from a previous longlist of thirteen. The six-book shortlist is:  Manhattan Beach  Jennifer Egan (Corsair)  Sugar Money  Jane Harris (Faber) Grace  Paul Lynch (Oneworld) The Wardrobe Mistress  Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson) Miss Boston and Miss… read more >>

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Edinburgh-based author Aileen Paterson, who has died aged 83, became one of Scotland’s best-loved children’s writers and illustrators through her stories of the adventures of the ‘the best-kent Kitty in Scotland’, Maisie Mackenzie. Originally born in Fife, Burntisland, Aileen moved to Kirkcaldy as a child. Later on she settled in Edinburgh… read more >>

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Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature is offering two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Svicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre. It is open to published writers connected with any of the UNESCO Cities of Literature. Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015 is running a new residency through September and… read more >>

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The shortlist for Britain’s oldest literary awards has been announced and features a fascinating blend of books by emerging talent and award winning authors. Biographies of HRH Princess Margaret – the Queen’s sister – and legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali are contenders for the James Tait Black Prizes. They feature… read more >>

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Scottish Book Trust has launched a rebellious campaign to get the nation writing. The national charity changing lives through reading and writing is encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds across the country to submit true stories on the theme of ‘Rebel’. It is the 10th anniversary of the writing campaign,… read more >>

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To mark this year’s World Poetry Day, Edinburgh City of Literature and our colleagues across the globe are linking up to hold simultaneous literary events in 13 UNESCO Cities of Literature. [enter your city’s activity details] Celebrated yearly on March 21st, World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets… read more >>

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In 2016 the City of Literature Trust nominated Dame Sarah Siddons Mair to receive a plaque as part of the Commemorative Plaque Scheme run by Historic Environment Scotland. Today, on International Women’s Day, her plaque was installed at 29 Abercromby Place, where she was born, to commemorate her life and work towards… read more >>

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Today, the Scottish Book Trust, announced the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award and Learning Professional Award, which are given annually to one author or illustrator, and one learning professional, who have had an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland. The recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award, for her… read more >>

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