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Edinburgh author, Irvine Welsh, kicked off the first mile of the Hoof it to Hyderabad walking challenge today. Scottish charity, Scottish Love in Action, have set up the Hoof it to Hyderabad Challenge to invite people to help them virtually walk the 5000 miles (12,106,000 steps) from Scotland to Hyderabad in… read more >>

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It has been 200 years since the first Blackwood’s Magazine was published in Edinburgh. The magazine, founded by William Blackwood, was viewed by many as one of the most influential literary journals of its time, and continued until 1980. The story of its publication and life is now being told at… read more >>

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This year Edinburgh City of Literature Trust will be working with the Czech Centre London and Piana na Ulici to facilitate the Edinburgh mini-tour of the Poetry Periscope. The bright yellow jukebox made its debut in London at the British Library, part of the European Literature Festival, and will now… read more >>

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Back again for another spectacular celebration of books and reading is World Book Night, taking place on the 23 April. On World Book Night books are given out across the UK as a means of inspiring people who may not usually read to do so. Working with publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers,… read more >>

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To celebrate 30 years of Edinburgh’s iconic fictional detective, Ian Rankin and the Orion Publishing Group are hosting RebusFest, a weekend of literature, art, film, music, and much more besides, running from 30 June to 2 July. I had no idea when I published KNOTS AND CROSSES in 1987 that… read more >>

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Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival celebrating rare, antiquarian and collectable books from all over the UK. Featuring a series of talks, exhibitions, tours, and more, the 10-days of celebrating run from 20-30 March. The festival centers around the annual Edinburgh Book Fair, which which takes place on 24-25 March. Talks cover… read more >>

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Once more World Book Day is upon us. This year it celebrates its 20th anniversary on 2nd March, celebrating the work of authors and illustrators, as well as books and reading for young people. Taking place over 100 countries, it is easily the biggest celebration of reading in the world, designated… read more >>

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Now in its seventh year, the Artists’ BookMarket runs over two days (taking place from 25-26 Feb) at Edinburgh’s ever-popular Fruitmarket Gallery, celebrating artists’ books and artist-led publishing. The Fair exhibits a selection of local and national artists, and is easily the main event in Scotland for book artists to share… read more >>

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Dame Muriel Spark was born 99 years ago today in Edinburgh, in the now modern area of Bruntsfield. 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… read more >>

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Last night, in the picturesque and wintry setting of the Royal Mile, the City of Literature Trust launched Canongate Stars & Stories, an illuminated trail of 20 quotations celebrating Edinburgh’s outstanding print and publishing heritage. The trail sees the Royal Mile lit up by 20 lightboxes, featuring quotes and phrases drawn… read more >>

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