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The National Centre for Writing has launched this week in sister City of Literature Norwich, following a £2m regeneration of historic Dragon Hall. Formerly known as the Writers’ Centre Norwich, in December 2016 it was given the go-ahead to develop Dragon Hall, parts of which date back to 1430. The regeneration was… read more >>

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In the 2018 Programme announced on 7 Jun 2018, the Edinburgh International Book Festival calls upon its authors, participants and audiences to consider the importance of freedom, inviting almost 1000 authors, illustrators and performers from across the world to the Book Festival village in the heart of Edinburgh. Set in… read more >>

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Listed as ‘one of the top 10 cycling festivals in Europe’ by the Active Travellers Magazine, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling takes place this year from 7 to 24 June, with an exciting programme of events taking place across the city and beyond. Edinburgh Festival of Cycling doesn’t just cater to… read more >>

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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, is delighted to announce that the four Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships for 2018 have been awarded to Jenni Fagan, David Keenan, Theresa Muñoz and Shane Strachan. The Fellowship was initiated in 1994 by Franki Fewkes, a Scottish Robert… read more >>

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Bookbug Week 2018 – the annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions is run by Scottish Book Trust, and is back this year with hundreds of free events for children and babies across the country. This year’s theme is ‘Bookbug’s Friends’ and events will take… read more >>

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On 29th April, the Government of Japan announced that Professor Emeritus Alan Spence of the University of Aberdeen would be awarded an Order of the Rising Sun. Professor Spence introduced Japanese sensibilities, including those of seasonality, through his work of haiku and lectures at universities, thereby contributing to the promotion… read more >>

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Hidden Door is returning to Leith, Edinburgh this year from 25 May – 3 Jun, with its 10-day multi-arts festival showcasing the work of emerging creatives in Scotland. Hidden Door is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run multi-arts festival transforming disused spaces in Edinburgh into temporary new and exciting places to discover and… read more >>

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The shortlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018 was announced today, with six books chosen from a previous longlist of thirteen. The six-book shortlist is:  Manhattan Beach  Jennifer Egan (Corsair)  Sugar Money  Jane Harris (Faber) Grace  Paul Lynch (Oneworld) The Wardrobe Mistress  Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson) Miss Boston and Miss… read more >>

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