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Submissions are now open for this year’s Green Pencil Award. A creative writing competition for schools run by City of Edinburgh Council library service, the theme for 2015 is ‘Food for Thought – Scotland’s food and drink’ and the competition is open to all P4 to P7 pupils at school… read more >>

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Curiosity Forest, an environment for children and families to learn and explore forests through arts and science, is taking place on Saturday 3 October. Hosted in an indoor built environment, organisers are looking for artists, authors, poets, story-tellers, musicians, scientists and theatre-makers to contribute content to the event. The remit… read more >>

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If you’re looking to kick autumn off on the right note, there are many writing courses coming to Edinburgh over the next few months. Check out a small selection below from the Scottish Writers’ Centre coming over from Glasgow to storytelling courses at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Starting With Stories… read more >>

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The National Library of Scotland plans to put a third of its renowned collection of 24 million items online in the next 10 years in one of the biggest programmes of its kind anywhere in Europe. As a companion to its George IV Bridge physical building in Edinburgh, centuries of… read more >>

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Scottish Book Trust has announced a unique opportunity for four published writers who live and work in Scotland to receive intensive support with their current project. The successful applicants will be paired with a mentor, either a writer or another industry professional, for nine months of comprehensive support. Previous mentors include… read more >>

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New writing and arts journal The Lumen is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2016 issue under the theme of ‘Trauma’. The Lumen is an annual new writing and arts journal on the mutual dialogue between medicine, the arts and the humanities based at the University of Edinburgh. Hoping to foster creative… read more >>

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Due to step down at the end of the venue’s 50th anniversary season next year, Mark Thomson (pictured) artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, has received a UK Theatre Award nomination. Thomson is nominated for Best Director for his staging of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a show that was… read more >>

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Edinburgh City Libraries have been nominated for an International Design Excellence Award for their new Children’s and Music Library. The International Design Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the design industry, set to recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence. Shortlists are complied by leading industry experts considering both for technical… read more >>

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The Scottish Poetry Library has launched a project to mark National Poetry Day on 8 October. In partnership with the New Waverley development, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca will unveil a poem on a 25 x 12 metre printed scaffolding sheet that will cover… read more >>

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Festival Theatre is set to host the UK premiere of Macbeth, the big-screen adaptation filmed on the Isle of Skye last year. Starring Hollywood actors Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has already received high praise from critics. Both stars will be in Edinburgh for… read more >>

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