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The shortlist for Britain’s oldest literary awards has been announced and features a fascinating blend of books by emerging talent and award winning authors. Biographies of HRH Princess Margaret – the Queen’s sister – and legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali are contenders for the James Tait Black Prizes. They feature… read more >>

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Scottish Book Trust has launched a rebellious campaign to get the nation writing. The national charity changing lives through reading and writing is encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds across the country to submit true stories on the theme of ‘Rebel’. It is the 10th anniversary of the writing campaign,… read more >>

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To mark this year’s World Poetry Day, Edinburgh City of Literature and our colleagues across the globe are linking up to hold simultaneous literary events in 13 UNESCO Cities of Literature. [enter your city’s activity details] Celebrated yearly on March 21st, World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets… read more >>

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In 2016 the City of Literature Trust nominated Dame Sarah Siddons Mair to receive a plaque as part of the Commemorative Plaque Scheme run by Historic Environment Scotland. Today, on International Women’s Day, her plaque was installed at 29 Abercromby Place, where she was born, to commemorate her life and work towards… read more >>

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Today, the Scottish Book Trust, announced the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award and Learning Professional Award, which are given annually to one author or illustrator, and one learning professional, who have had an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland. The recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award, for her… read more >>

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The longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018 was announced today, with thirteen books selected from the largest number of entries in the Prize’s eight year history – an increase of 40% on last year. The longlist is: The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by… read more >>

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The Edinburgh Exchange is a chance for literary programmers from the Edinburgh and Melbourne Cities of Literature to share skills, ideas and opportunities. Hosted in August 2018 by Edinburgh, and in 2020 by Melbourne, selected programmers will be able to exchange knowledge, build international ties, see a range of shows… read more >>

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Dame Muriel Spark was born 100 years ago today in Edinburgh. 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 known work, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, was adapted… read more >>

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Edinburgh-based author Pippa Goldschmidt was recently invited to be a Writer in Residence in sister City of Literature Heidelberg, as part of a joint scholarship with Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V. On 1 Feb, 2018, she will take up a three-month residency at the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg”, at Dilsberg Fortress in Neckargemünd. Goldschmidt wants… read more >>

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