Edinburgh was the first city in the world to be designated by UNESCO as a ‘City of Literature’, and it’s not hard to see why. The capital of Scotland has inspired many renown authors throughout history and is still a vibrant literary centre of creativity. The city encourages storytelling in many forms and it’s worth exploring during your visit here.
How to make the most of the City of Literature
Being the world’s leading Festival city, you won’t lack things to do all year around in Edinburgh. No matter what your passion is, the city will offer something interesting for you and it certainly offers a multitude of options for any bookworm coming in town.
Book & Literary Festivals:
From August until Christmas, you are sure to find events promoting literature and authors. These are the most famous festivals Edinburgh has to offer.
- Book Week Scotland: 27 November 2017 – 3 December 2017
- Edinburgh International Book Festival: 11-28 August 2018
- Bloody Scotland: 21-23 September 2018
- Scottish International Storytelling Festival: 19-31 October 2018
- Edinburgh Radical Book Fair: dates for 2018 to be confirmed (around November)
You can either join a general literary tour, or find a tour about one of your favourite books/authors. Outlander, Harry Potter and Trainspotting are the top 3 specific tours you can find around town.
Attractions & Museums:
The city of literature offers us much more than events and guided tours. It also offers permanent and temporary exhibitions that will interests everyone all year long!
Bonus: Themed pop up bar with an upcoming Harry Potter theme…
Meet the authors:
Missed the International Book Festival, but still dream of asking your favourite author some questions? Well, throughout the year, many bookshops host events where you can meet the authors and buy your personalised signed copy!
Famous Edinburgh Authors:
Still wondering what’s the fuss is all about and why we call Edinburgh a City of Literature? It might be because of these guys…
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: mostly known for Sherlock Holmes
- Ian Rankin: mostly known for Inspector Rebus
- Alexander McCall Smith: mostly known for 44 Scotland Street
- Irvine Welsh: mostly known for Trainspotting
- Peter May: mostly known for The Lewis trilogy
- Robert Louis Stevenson: mostly known for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
- JK Rowling: mostly known for Harry Potter
- Iain Banks: mostly known for The Wasp Factory
- Dame Muriel Spark: mostly known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
- Kenneth Grahame: mostly known for The Wind in the Willows
- J. M. Barrie: mostly known for Peter Pan
- Sir Walter Scott: mostly known for Waverley
Read here if you would love to expand your English literary knowledge and improve your reading skills.
Written by Judith Bellemare, Venture English