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Edinburgh’s libraries not only stock amazing books, eBooks and magazines, they can make personal recommendations for what you should read next this summer based on just a few simple questions. If you’re a member of Edinburgh Libraries (if not, why not – join now) and you’re planning a summer holiday… read more >>

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Recent guests at our monthly Lit Salon, the lovely literary folk at Moniack Mohr are offering the opportunity of a place on the Fiction with Marilyn Bowering and Stephen May course. Open to one unpublished writer with a work in progress, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre would provide funding to cover the… read more >>

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Edinburgh International Book Festival is on sale today and Story Shop 2015 is getting under way. Our writers met for the first time yesterday, talking through the reading process and getting set to prepare for the Spiegeltent this August. Clockwise from left to right, Story Shop 2015 is Ali George,  Kirsty… read more >>

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There’s a whole host of literary events on this week, with Independent Booksellers Week and also Midsummer Edinburgh Old Town Celebrations. The Scottish Storytelling Centre, in association with Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) present five days of storytelling, music and dance which celebrates the unique heritage, culture, community and… read more >>

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Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Trustees – Rachel McCrum and Francis Bickmore. Rachel is a poet, performer and promoter originally from Northern Ireland, and ‘Broad’ of Rally & Broad. She has performed and taught poetry around the world, and her… read more >>

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Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards 2016 are open for submissions. This unique opportunity offers eleven unpublished writers living in Scotland financial support and professional guidance to help them develop their work and get closer to publication. The awards, managed by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland, offer… read more >>

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Edinburgh City Libraries, in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library and the Bonnie Fechters women’s group, is the home of the Harpies Fechters and Quines Festival until Sunday 28th June. This festival of talks, exhibitions and workshops takes place in Edinburgh throughout June, with the theme of Women and Words. Whether your… read more >>

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The world’s biggest book festival of its kind, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has launched its programme for 2015, taking readers around the world in 18 days. More than 900 participants from 55 countries will converge on Charlotte Square Gardens, including American civil-rights activist the Rev Jesse Jackson, French ‘rock… read more >>

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Edinburgh children’s author Aileen Paterson has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The creator of Maisie Mackenzie, the mischevious kilt-wearing kitten who lives in Morningside, was recognised for services to children’s literature. Maisie was unavailable for comment but we understand… read more >>

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Anyone who says, ‘I don’t have time to write!’ needs some flash-fiction action stat. There’s even a day to help with it. Now in its fourth year National Flash-Fiction Day – 27th June – aims to celebrate all that is exciting and bold and, above all, brief. Definitions of flash… read more >>

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