Jemma and I had a lot of fun (& surprisingly few technological mishaps) live broadcasting our writers tour of literary Edinburgh this morning as part of the Digital Writers Festival ’20 Minute Cities’ strand. Continue reading
Only 24 hours to go until Jemma and I set off — armed with iPhones and enthusiasm — to do our 20 minute tour of the joys of being a writer in Edinburgh for the Digital Writers Festival in Melbourne, one of the sister UNESCO Cities of Literature.
We’ve got a couple of surprise guests lined up along our route to drop in some ‘fun facts’, read their work and extol the beauties of our city.
This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful, it breaks the heart again and again.
Alexander McCall Smith
Remember, you can watch our live broadcast from 10:30am GMT (21:30 AEDT for our friends in Melbourne) and join in on Twitter using #DWF15
And thank you to Prof Jon Oberlander of the University of Edinburgh for telling us about the Palimpsest project, which allows users to interact with layers of maps and accessible visualisations that explore our literary city at particular times in its history, in the works of particular authors, or across different eras, genres and writers.
Keep your Edinburgh literary favourites coming in — where do you like to write? Which bookstore keeps your supplied with reading fodder? Where in the city have you drawn on for inspiration?
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, Continue reading
Bending over the cash box – pretending to count the float – I inhale the sharp, tin scent of well-handled small change and lick my lips. Continue reading
Dirty Laundry is an internet-based digital book containing 12 interlacing short stories and photographic triptychs, presented as a custom-designed web app for iPad. Continue reading