Writing Edinburgh Competition 2016:
As part of this project, we held a one-day creative lab called ‘Responding to Place.’ The authors explored Edinburgh’s Old Town using the LitLong app followed by a reflective workshop led by local poet, Russell Jones. Following the workshop we invited the authors to submit a creative piece of writing that responded to the idea of place in and around Edinburgh. The winning and four shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology of Edinburgh-based literature co-edited by Russell Jones and Claire Askew, provisionally titled Each Life a Leaf.
The winning entry was a piece called ‘People’s People’ by Viccy Adams, a lively snapshot of the colourful characters who live in Edinburgh.
The competition shortlist also featured the following works:
‘Edge of Edinburgh’ by Helen Boden (runner-up) – a poem that inspires memories of WWI by focusing on Edinburgh’s peripheral places.
‘A Beltane Prayer’ by Laura Clay – a poetic narrative that uses the annual ritual to remember a loved one.
‘In My Own Dominions’ by Finola Scott – an energetic poem that juxtaposes freedom and language, historic and modern.
‘Nicholson Square’ by Anne Ballard – a poem that strongly evokes a sense of place to reveal the cultural variety of Edinburgh.