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The Edinburgh Exchange is a chance for literary programmers from the Edinburgh and Melbourne Cities of Literature to share skills, ideas and opportunities. Hosted in August 2018 by Edinburgh, and in 2020 by Melbourne, selected programmers will be able to exchange knowledge, build international ties, see a range of shows… read more >>

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Dame Muriel Spark was born 100 years ago today in Edinburgh. Only beginning to write seriously after the Second World War, Spark was a woman of many talents, who turned her hand to successfully writing novels, short stories, poetry, and essays. Her best known work, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, was adapted… read more >>

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Edinburgh-based author Pippa Goldschmidt was recently invited to be a Writer in Residence in sister City of Literature Heidelberg, as part of a joint scholarship with Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V. On 1 Feb, 2018, she will take up a three-month residency at the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg”, at Dilsberg Fortress in Neckargemünd. Goldschmidt wants… read more >>

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Scotland’s much-loved national poet, Robert Burns, was born on the January the 25th, now a day of annual celebration, where all around the city, festivities and entertainment take place to commemorate his life and work. You won’t want to miss out on the occasion as Edinburgh fills up on haggis, whisky,… read more >>

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In further exciting residency news, Edinburgh-based author David Whiteman was chosen as one of the Writer’s in Residence for this year’s Writer Residency Progamme in Prague, City of Literature. The project Prague – City of Literature, has been running since October 2015, and offers residential stays for writers and translators. There are… read more >>

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As a way of celebrating Burns Day (25 January) the National Library of Scotland will display a special letter from Robert Burns to one of his oldest friends, which has not been seen in public for more than 100 years. The letter was written in August 1786, just weeks after publication of… read more >>

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11 talented recipients of this year’s Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards – including four from Edinburgh – have been announced, each receiving a £2,000 cash award and a tailored package including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in public relations, social media and performance and the opportunity to show their… read more >>

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As of the 1 of January this year, The The Conan Doyle Pub on York Place has been changed, for now, to The J.K Rowling. The renaming of the pub is only temporary (for fans of Sherlock) and is part of a fascinating and immersive new visual art installation and event… read more >>

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This year, Message from the Skies will reveal a brand new short story by bestselling writer Val McDermid called New Year’s Resurrection. The work has been commissioned by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and brings together leading artists from a variety of art forms. In October of this year,… read more >>

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Last night, beneath the eyes of Muriel Spark, the National Library of Scotland celebrated the launch of its new exhibition, The International Style of Muriel Spark. National Librarian John Scally (NLS) opened the launch event, commenting on the way in which the exhibition is set to reveal facts about Muriel… read more >>

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