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The finalists for the six awards making up the 2017 Saltire Society Literary Awards were announced at an event hosted by Edinburgh’s West End branch of Waterstones last night. The audience included authors, publishers, agents, and readers, all of whom were treated to readings from last year’s winner of the Scottish Book of… read more >>

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The launch of this year’s Book Week Scotland programme (the sixth national celebration of books and reading) was announced today, Wednesday 4 October, with a photocall of iconic fictional characters at Maison Bleue at Home restaurant, Edinburgh. Characters from Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and The Handmaid’s Tale were served the menu of… read more >>

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The shortlist for the regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards was announced today (28 September) and sees some of the biggest events in Scottish history, world-famous attractions and first-class accommodation providers compete for the coveted regional accolades. Edinburgh City of Literature Trust was shortlisted for the ‘Working Together for Tourism’ Award for… read more >>

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As we roll into October, the streets of Edinburgh are grow darker and the evenings colder. So, what better way to spend this month in the capital than by celebrating that which has made our city so inspirational for many? Storytelling has always been an integral part of the fabric… read more >>

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Running annually since 1994, National Poetry Day encourages people from around the country to discover and share poetry, both in person and online. It’s the perfect day to browse the poetry shelves at the local library, get writing some verses of your own, share lines from your favourite poems, or take… read more >>

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Christine De Luca, the current Edinburgh Makar, will soon be passing on the title to another literary fellow this year. A report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Communities Committee recommends Spence as the next writer to be inaugurated. Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener, said: Alan… read more >>

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Edinburgh City of Literature Trust champions Edinburgh’s writers and is pleased to announce that two further authors will be honoured with a commemorative plaque in 2017. The scheme, run by Historic Environment Scotland, celebrates significant historic figures by awarding plaques to be erected on the buildings where they lived or worked.… read more >>

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The winners of the 2016 James Tait Black Prizes for Biography and Fiction (the UK’s oldest book prizes) were announced last night by Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Both prizes had a strong shortlist, which had been narrowed down from over 400 books by a dedicated group of academics and students at… read more >>

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