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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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Literary Edinburgh gathered in Central Hall last night on the 24 of November to celebrate the shortlist of talented Scottish writers selected for this year’s Saltire Literary Awards, and to discover who the winners of each category were. The winner of each individual book award wins a £2,000 cash prize… read more >>

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The latest and last mystery book sculpture to appear in Edinburgh is now on exhibition at Edinburgh Central Library. Created by an anonymous sculptor, the Butterfly Tree is one of numerous intricate artworks to have appeared around Edinburgh over the last five years. The 2m tall tree, accompanied by a… read more >>

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A project between sister City of Literature, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Nottingham City Council is set to launch in the coming months, featuring a series of light installations and poetry projections. Created by artist Jo Fairfax, ‘Line of Light’ will project five-word poems by writers including Byron, Lawrence… read more >>

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To celebrate Halloween this year we set up our #HallowReads, a 13 day countdown to Halloween featuring books related to our literary city. It is no secret that Edinburgh has served as inspiration for a multitude of books, authors, poets, and publishers over the years… especially when it comes to the… read more >>

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