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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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On Friday 21 August 2014, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, Scottish Enterprise and the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group launched a £10,000 Innovation Fund to help develop new literary products and literary experiences for Edinburgh. It is a direct response to what local tourism businesses said about the level of… read more >>

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Awash with book-related goodness, Edinburgh in the summer is a veritable paradise for literature lovers. Not only do we have the glory of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the fantastic Book Fringe at Wordpower and Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe, we’ve also got a great selection of one off shows… read more >>

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To mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s book Finnegans Wake Edinburgh’s sister City of Literature Dublin commissioned a very special film.  Each of the Cities of Literature – Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Reykjavik, Norwich and Krakow – was asked to contribute to a filmed reading of… read more >>

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We’re delighted to announce that Christine De Luca has been inaugurated as Edinburgh’s new Makar, or Poet Laureate. She is the fourth Makar and the second woman to hold the post. Christine said, ‘I feel amazed and apprehensive, ‘shaken and stirred’.  All three previous Makars have shaped the role and… read more >>

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We’re delighted to say that the line-up for Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 looks like this: 9th Aug       Sarah Gundle 10th Aug     Ruth Aylett 11th Aug     Alison Summers 12th Aug     Becky Leach 13th Aug     Halsted M. Bernard 14th Aug     Susan… read more >>

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On 7th July, the 200th anniversary of the publication of Waverley by Sir Walter Scott, Edinburgh publisher Luath proudly launched a new edition of the book, called Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley: Newly adapted for the modern reader by Jenni Calder. Beside the Scott Monument – the world’s largest monument to… read more >>

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Often called ‘Fair-haired Duncan of the Songs’ Donnchadh Ban Mac An T-Saoirhe – also known as Duncan Ban MacIntyre – was born in Argyllshire in 1724, moving to Edinburgh in 1767 where he was buried in 1812. One of the most renowned of Scottish Gaelic poets, he was illiterate, relying… read more >>

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