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Citizen: Women of Wester Hailes

20th March 2019

In this audio blog, Eleanor hears from the women of the Create group which meets at WHALE Arts in Wester Hailes, one of our Citizen partners. These women share their stories of home and community, food, family, work and more....

Citizen: Making Zines with Claire Askew

11th February 2019

"When I needed to get to know them, I asked the three Citizen schools groups to make zines. I wanted to find out which issues and activities most interested the students; I wanted to give them a creative activity to do and ideally, one...

Citizen: Meet Eleanor Thom

14th January 2019

Our community writer-in-residence for Citizen, Eleanor Thom, introduces herself and her approach to this new creative programme - read on to find out how you can get involved in sharing stories and shaping events that will take place...

Announcing Citizen

4th December 2018

Today we announced the next phase of our year-round programme taking the Book Festival On the Road. Following on from the extremely successful ReimagiNation series across Scotland’s five New Towns, Citizen is a new long-term creative p...

Homecomings | Sandip Roy

22nd October 2018

A new piece of writing by Sandip Roy, the award-winning Kolkata-based author of Don’t Let Him Know, and a contributor to NPR in the U.S. as well as the New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, the Telegraph and more. Part of New Passages....

New Beginnings | Abir Mukherjee

19th October 2018

A new short story from award-winning author Abir Mukherjee, inspired by his journey from Edinburgh to Stornoway to Kolkata, India, as part of our New Passages project, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery....

New Passages at the Book Festival

11th October 2018

New Passages, a project conducted in partnership with An Lanntair, Stornoway, and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, which enabled us to unite Scottish and Indian writers and take them on a round trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Le...

Little Acts of Rebellion and Love

5th October 2018

We held a series of events in Scotland's Prisons this summer, expanding a programme which in 2017 led an attendee to say the experience made them ‘feel recognised as human beings’. Read on to find out more....

Two special events in November

21st September 2018

Yesterday we announced two exciting new events for the autumn. Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and bestselling writer of The Essex Serprent, Sarah Perry, both come to Edinburgh in November....

ReimagiNation: Livingston – Moving Voices

4th July 2018

Daniel Gray leads the final stage of our tour of Scotland's New Towns. He's been speaking to Livingston locals at various locations and events, finding out about life in the area. Here he reflects on the beginning of this process and...

Glenrothes from the Sky

8th May 2018

Get a bird's eye view of the history of Glenrothes and of the nation as author and presenter of Scotland from the Sky, James Crawford takes to the air......

Livingston, Let’s Talk

23rd April 2018

Join in with community conversations around Livingston over the coming weeks and make your voice heard on the last stage of our ReimagiNation tour of Scotland's New Towns....

Gathering Glenrothes’ Stories

10th April 2018

Writer and TV historian Daniel Gray is leading our ongoing ReimagiNation residency in Glenrothes, which sees him work with local teenagers and adults to distil their tales of life in the town across its seven decades of existence, and wh...

New Passages: Nalini Paul pt 2

21st February 2018

Following an initial writing residency on the Isle of Lewis in August 2017 – reflections on which you can read on this site – last month novelist Abir Mukherjee and poet Nalini Paul travelled to Kolkata to work with two India-based w...

New Passages: Abir Mukherjee pt 2

19th February 2018

Following an initial writing residency on the Isle of Lewis in August 2017 – reflections on which you can read on this site – last month novelist Abir Mukherjee and poet Nalini Paul travelled to Kolkata to work with two India-based w...

New Passages: Sampurna Chattarji

16th February 2018

The following piece is the first response from Sampurna Chattarji, a poet, novelist, translator and children’s author of fourteen published titles. She is currently the Poetry Editor of The Indian Quarterly. In my most recent poetry bo...

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