City of everywhere, broken necklace in the sun, you are caves of guilt, you are pinnacles of jubilation
It’s impossible to live in Edinburgh unaware that you’re breathing air steeped in literary glory, whether it’s the recent re-decoration of Waverley Station as a treasure trove of quotations from Sir Walter Scott, the annual literary pilgrimage that is the International Book Festival at Charlotte Square, the smiling hordes of tourists heading to get their Harry Potter fix at the Elephant House or following in Rebus’ footsteps to the Oxford Bar. Emerging writers cluster with notebooks and laptops in all the trendy cafes, independent bookshops are hanging on in the face of the Amazon.com revolution, and of course there’s the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, the Storytelling Centre, the Traverse, and The Writer’s Museum (to name but a few).
Which brings me back to my titular question; how much do you love being a writer in Edinburgh? On Wednesday morning myself and Jemma Neville will be doing a whistle-stop 20 minute tour of some of our literary highlights, live-streamed as part of the Digital Writer’s Festival and supported by the lovely folk over at Edinburgh City of Literature. The tour will start at 10:30am on Middle Meadow Walk and end at 10:50 at Makar’s Court. You can follow the tour online (#dwf15), or if you fancy stationing yourself along the way then let me know and we’d love people to join in & read literary quotes for us as we dash past.
Our route will take us past Looking Glass Books, Greyfriar’s Bobby, The Elephant House, the National Library for Scotland, The Royal Mile and to the wordy joy of Makars Court: if you’ve written something (very short) about one of those places that you’d like to read for us then please get in touch as the more the merrier: leave a comment on this post or tweet your words to us (@ViccyIsWriting @EdinCityofLit @JemmaTweets).
Of course, 20 minutes is nowhere near enough time to cover everything Jemma and myself love about being writers in Edinburgh. We can’t go everywhere (those teleportation devices weren’t delivered in time) but we can try to namecheck as many of other peoples’ favourite literary haunts, hangouts and random facts as possible as we dash through the streets. Let us know which yours are and we’ll try to fit them in!