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“No one has done more for the cause of poetry in Scotland than Tessa Ransford.” These words by Dorothy McMillan (Scottish Review of Books, 2008) sum up the vital role played by Scottish Poetry Library’s founding director Tessa Ransford, who passed away last night at the age of 77. An inimitable… read more >>

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Three Edinburgh-based writers and illustrators feature in this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist announced today, celebrating the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators. Split into three age categories: Bookbug Readers (3–7 yrs), Younger Readers (8–11 yrs) and Older Readers (12–16 yrs), the shortlist… read more >>

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival is over once again for another year closing on its most successful year yet and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust team have had a brilliant time with our Story Shop writers. Follow the link below to see some highlights from the last few… read more >>

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JRR Tolkien’s early story The Story of Kullervo is published for the first time this week. The dark tale reveals that Tolkien’s Middle Earth was inspired by Finland – in particularly, the Kalevala. Kullervo’s tale is just one of 50 songs in the Kalevala, an epic of 22,795 verses telling… read more >>

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The Kelpies Prize 2015 winner was announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival last night as debut author Mark Smith with slimy superhero adventure, Slug Boy Saves the World The Kelpies Prize celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and champions the finest new Scottish writing for children. The award was announced last… read more >>

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Poet Elizabeth Burns was taking part in A Potter, a Painter and a Poet, an innovative collaboration inspired by ceramics and an ancient Scottish woodland and including artists’ tours and live events, poetry readings and projections. Elizabeth Burns    1957-2015 To commemorate Elizabeth Burns, there is a poetry reading this Sunday 30 August,… read more >>

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American playwright Gordon Dahlquist has won this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Drama, announced by arts critic for The Herald Neil Cooper last night at the Traverse Theatre. First produced by Undermain Theatre in Texas, the winning play, Tomorrow Come Today is set in the near future where the wealthy… read more >>

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