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There’ve been a few book lists announced this week, most notably the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year shortlist and the Man Book Prize longlist Congratulations to Lin Anderson for Paths of the Dead shortlisting in Bloody Scotland and to Scotland’s Andrew O’Hagan and Iowa’s Marilynne Robinson for being on the Man Booker… read more >>

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With the first novel in the series published in July 1997, this week sees the 18th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. So why not celebrate in Edinburgh, where the books started and finished. The Elephant House Head along to George IV Bridge to the  Elephant House, the coffee shop… read more >>

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Our monthly City of Literature Salon went from spoken word to spoons last night. Loud Poet’s Miko Berry took the chair to talk about the Loud Poets Fringe show, and the current European Slam Champion then performed the brilliant Tongue Tied (you can see it on YouTube here). Roddy Shippin… read more >>

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Where will you be in the evenings during August? Now in it’s sixth year, Jura Unbound has made its way from new idea to a firm favourite for free literary entertainment. So we’ve selected 5 Spiegeltent nights Not To Be Missed. Trading Stories Sunday 16 August Kicking the programme off with a… read more >>

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The Edinburgh International Science Festival is calling for partners in crime for the 2016 festival. This is an open call offering anyone the chance to be part of the 2016 Festival, which will run from 26 March – 10 April. Our call is open to anyone – individuals, groups or… read more >>

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The three nominations shortlisted for this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Drama include The James Plays by Rona Munro, the runaway theatrical success of the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival. Rona Munro’s The James Plays premiered in Festival Theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014, and will be touring across… read more >>

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The 10 year anniversary for Edinburgh as a City of Literature is commemorated in this year’s Floral Clock design, unveiled in Princes Street Gardens by Lord Provost Donald Wilson yesterday. Edinburgh was designated UNESCO’s first City of Literature in 2004 in recognition of the city’s celebrated literary history and commitment… read more >>

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Edinburgh has new literary book benches on George Street. The four hand carved book benches are built from wooden versions of Edinburgh’s favourites complied from a list of 40 books put together by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. The book benches were commissioned and installed by the City… read more >>

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The fair city of Nottingham has submitted a bid to be chosen as a UNESCO City of Literature. The application created by the team include areas of the city council that show off the area’s “huge range of literary excellence”. Nottingham’s literary heritage includes connections to writers Lord Byron, DH Lawrence… read more >>

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After the journey from page to screen, Edinburgh’s starring role in films of famous novels such as The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie and Trainspotting is returning to the streets where it all started. The ‘Reel Edinburgh Tour’ will be a walking tour around prime filming locations, taking in various sights… read more >>

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