‘In August, when the streets are full of festival crowds, take a walk through its literary heritage.’
Building on a strong historical legacy of writers, publishers, philosophers, booksellers, libraries, and universities, Edinburgh City of Literature extends its reach into the life of the city with words projected onto castle walls, pub windows, the main railway station, and elsewhere.
In August, when the streets are full of festival crowds, take a walk through its literary heritage. There’s a great collection of apps on the Edinburgh City of Literature website: let one of them guide you round.
And should you want a fully immersive experience of the city, here’s our Top 10 Books inspired by Edinburgh and its streets.
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh (Vintage)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (Polygon)
Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin (Orion)
Edinburgh’s Historic Mile by Duncan Priddle (Luath Press)
Reading Round Edinburgh: a Guide to Children’s Books of the City Edited by Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross (Floris Books)
Horrible Histories: Gruesome Guides: Edinburgh by Terry Deary (Scholastic)
The Tattoo Fox by Alasdair Hutton (Luath Press)
A Work of Beauty by Alexander McCall Smith (Historic Environment Scotland)
The Making of Classical Edinburgh by A J Youngson (Edinburgh University Press)
And, for lovers of print culture, Edinburgh used to be known as the city of three B’s for its books, beer and biscuits.
Look Up Edinburgh by Adrian Searle and David Barbour
David Robinson Reviews: Enlightenment Edinburgh by Shelia Szatkowski