Edinburgh College student wins Floris Books prize

An Edinburgh College student has won the people’s choice award in a competition to design a children’s book cover for city publisher Floris Books. The Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize 2015 challenged entrants to design a new book cover for Allan Campbell McLean’s classic cold war spy adventure The Hill of the Red Fox. Lewis Copland, a More...

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By Reader On Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Edinburgh man’s secret diaries reveal the hell of the Arctic Convoy

Recently discovered secret diaries kept by Leonard H Thomas have been transcribed and published by his daughter Leona Thomas. Leonard kept them while on the Russian Arctic Convoys in 1942 when he was on four convoys More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2015 – two Edinburgh winners

Edinburgh-based writer Lynsey May (32) and poet and playwright Michael Pedersen (30) have been named by Scottish Book Trust as two of four recipients of a 2015 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, involving a month-long More...

By Reader On Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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A Zimbabwean novel set in Edinburgh

Zimbabwean writer, Tendai Huchu, has set his second novel in the city where he now lives. As the back cover informs us, ’The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician’ tells the story of three very different More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Blake to Breton

SURREAL ROOTS: FROM WILLIAM BLAKE TO ANDRÉ BRETON Rare copies of publications by revolutionary writers and artists William Blake, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade will go on show at Modern Two this spring, More...

By Reader On Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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Edinburgh author gets ‘write behind’ the Great Scottish Book Off

An Edinburgh author is lending her support to Capability Scotland’s Great Scottish Book Off on World Book Day on 5 March. Fran MacIlvey author of ‘Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy’ is taking part in More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
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At Summerhall – Writers Return

Join acclaimed authors Alan Bissett and Anne Donovan, along with poets William Letford and Ryan Van Winkle at Summerhall, Edinburgh, on 26 February for an evening of readings and reflection on how travel informs More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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First World War diaries published

‘I was dressing the wounded in the trenches – enough said. Worse than Hell…’ That’s the recollection of ‘Frontline Medic’ Captain George Pirie who, as one of ‘Kitchener’s Army’, bravely volunteered More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, February 16th, 2015
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New book marks Iain Banks’ birthday

Today would have been Iain Banks’ 61st birthday and to mark the day a new joint collection of poetry by Banks and his friend and fellow author, Ken MacLeod has been published. Best known as a prolific writer More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, February 7th, 2015
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National Libraries Day 2015 is today! #NLD15

Treasures of the Library! Edinburgh Central Library, the city’s oldest and probably best-known, offers everything from a dedicated children’s library to an Edinburgh and Scottish Collection plus a packed More...