If you missed us live this morning, catch us live on STV Edinburgh tonight #dwf15

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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

Join our writerly tour of Edinburgh: 10:30am GMT #DWF15

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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

Thank you Edinburgh Libraries for sending us this map of novels set along our route

 

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?

How much do you love being a writer in Edinburgh?

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City of everywhere, broken necklace in the sun, you are caves of guilt, you are pinnacles of jubilation

Norman MacCaig

It’s impossible to live in Edinburgh unaware that you’re breathing air steeped in literary glory, Continue reading