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Last Thursday Looking Glass Book was packed for the launch of The Way Out, a new collection of short stories by Vicki Jarrett. Vicki is an alumna of the Trust’s Story Shop project, held every year in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, where she read Loving the Alien which… read more >>

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Every day is a literary day in Edinburgh as a City of Literature, but this year 20th March is World Storytelling Day and 21st March is officially World Poetry Day! World Storytelling Day started in Sweden in 1991 and is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern… read more >>

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The programme for the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival has been announced and literature is front and centre with a landmark adaptation of one of Scotland’s most legendary novels and the ‘recreation’ of a production of one of its most Gothic. The world premiere of Lanark, based on the novel by… read more >>

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The eighth Edinburgh Award was presented last night by the Lord Provost to Edinburgh war veteran and charity worker Tom Gilzean. The former Royal Engineer has raised more than £100,000 for local causes, and continues to dedicate his time fundraising at the age of 94. Like the previous titleholders, as well… read more >>

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Edinburgh Libraries recently played host to the East and Fife regional finals of the inaugural Poetry by Heart Scotland competition organised by the Scottish Poetry Library. Poetry By Heart Scotland is an exciting competition for students in S4-S6 in Scottish secondary schools, challenging them to learn and recite poems by heart… read more >>

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After a year off, crime writer Ian Rankin has revealed details about a new Inspector Rebus novel. Even Dogs in the Wild, will be released in October and will see Rebus come out of retirement to help former colleague Siobhan Clarke solve a murky murder. This will be the 20th… read more >>

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You can’t swing a paperback in Edinburgh without hitting something literary but sometimes it’s nice to get out of town and see what’s happening elsewhere. Just 50 minutes on the train from Edinburgh is Glasgow, a UNESCO City of Music and home to literary festival Aye Write! This year the… read more >>

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Pupils at Castleview Primary School had the ‘best day of school ever’ on World Book Day (5th March) when they were visited by author and comedian David Walliams. Amidst a sea of waving Saltires and cheering, David arrived at the school by helicopter as part of his Walliams Whirlwind tour… read more >>

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Following the success of last year, Edinburgh International Science Festival will be running ‘The Reading Experiment’ once more. Taking place in the lead up to, and during the festival (4–19 April) The Reading Experiment celebrates science in all types of literature and aims to encourage and inspire people to read,… read more >>

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Edinburgh Napier University and the Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson Club have joined forces to announce a creative writing competition for senior school students (S4-S6) throughout Scotland. One of Scotland’s – and particularly Edinburgh’s – most famous writers, RLS’s stories are still popular for their dramatic storylines, unforgettable atmosphere and memorable… read more >>

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