Jul 132017

With funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the LitLong team has been hard at work this year, both on public engagement activities and behind the scenes. We’ve been developing updated visualisations, a new mobile app, and have added many new texts to our database. In partnership with the UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Canongate books, Birlinn books, and more, we have plenty of new developments on the horizon.

We’ll be launching LitLong 2.0 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, with a number of exciting events. Come see us first on the 12th August at The Story of Edinburgh, an all-afternoon free drop-in at the festival’s new George Street venue. We’ll have a huge touch screen on site, so you can play with LitLong 2.0. We’ll also be helping visitors download the mobile app and set up personalised literary tours of the city. Alongside, there will be flash poetry readings, exciting performances for the kids, and half-hour literary tours led by costumed interpreters. Come along on the day to see which famous authors have come to guide you!

The Story of Edinburgh will also be held on the 19th August, and there will be two ticketed ‘Reading the City’ events on the 12th and 19th August, featuring the LitLong team and surprise local authors. One event will be about how authors imagine the Old Town and the other will take you through the New Town.

Stay tuned into this space for more news, or you can follow us on Twitter: @litlong

Jul 132017

In 2016 Lit Long hosted the launch of Umbrellas of Edinburgh, a fabulous collection of new prose and poetry inspired by our capital city, edited by Russell Jones and Claire Askew, and published by Freight Books.

A number of works inspired by Lit Long are included in the anthology, including Jane Alexander’s ‘Candlemaker Row‘, the winning story from our 2014 Writing Edinburgh competition. In this short video, Jane discusses her story, the inspiration she takes from living in Edinburgh, and her involvement in the Lit Long project.