The Edinburgh International Book Festival has been allocated £55,000 Expo funding by the Scottish Government to present a showcase of Scotland’s leading and emerging fiction writers and poets. The project, part of the Year of Homecoming celebrations, also celebrates the Scottish diaspora and the strong literary links between Scotland and Canada.
Authors from 45 different countries - including 200 Scottish authors - will descend on the tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens this August for the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival.
One of the highlights, will be Margaret Atwood's launch of her new novel about the end of the world, The Year of the Flood, with music and song in nearby St John’s Church.
Everything changes. Nothing ever stays the same.
Oh, the sun still rises and sets (though that is debatable in this country), the earth still spins and the Rolling Stones are still, despite every law of science in the book, still going.
The cover of this year's Fringe programme is a glowing, purple egg. For Kath Mainland, who took the reins as Chief Executive of the Fringe Society only three weeks ago, "the egg symbolises anticipation of the Fringe... you use your imagination to see what's inside."
The results for the Scottish Region of the European Elections were declared earlier today at the Mercat Cross on the High Street.
Turnout was low as expected and the SNP benefited from the turmoil in Labour ranks winning 29% of the Scottish vote - the first time it has won the highest share of the Euro vote.
If you asked anyone in Scotland to tell you what the national soft drink is, the chances are they'd say Irn-bru. The sweet, sticky, orange fizz, made by A.G. Barr of Glasgow for more than a century, has for years held off stiff competition in the lucrative soft drinks market from multi-national rivals Pepsi and Coca Cola.
An Edinburgh school has beaten off competition from around the United Kingdom to be shortlisted for a top energy award. Currie Community High School is the only Scottish entry to be recognised at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009.
EdinburghGuide.com has a pair of tickets to give away for the CATS Awards on 14 June.
Edinburgh City Council is seeking views from residents on the city's parks and open spaces as part of what it is calling "the most comprehensive look at greenspace in over 40 years."
Views are being sought on how residents of all ages view, use and access their open spaces across the city - from play parks to playing fields - with a view to setting priorities for change over the course of the next five years.
Date: 6th June 2009
Time: 9.00AM to 2.00PM
Event: Ninth Anniversary Re-launch of Edinburgh Farmers' Market
Susan Boyle Dreamed a Dream, but ultimately ended up coming second to breakdance group Diversity in ITV1`s Britain's Got Talent final earlier tonight.
This octane fuelled musical extravaganza for fans of ‘The Who' roared into the Festival Theatre for a short run until Saturday. Driving up the North Bridge pursued, flanked and then over taken by a veritable platoon of Lambrettas and other scooters by parka wearing enthusiasts placed ‘Quadrophenia' in its historical context.
Historic Scotland is to run a 3-week pilot scheme in July to assess new traffic reduction measures for the approaches to Edinburgh Castle. The organisation is keen to make the esplanade and surrounding area more attractive and less-congested by halving coach traffic.
She had a new coiffure, beaded dress, and a little rouge to the cheeks, but it was the same Susan Boyle.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has recommended 41 Scottish bathing beaches for excellent water quality in its annual Good Beach Guide. This is just over one third of the 109 tested and 3 less than it recommended last year.
The Traverse Theatre is leading the field in the 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). The Trav scooped eleven of the nominations in seven of the ten award categories including two for the top award, Best Production.
The names of 25 up-and-coming talents in the UK film industry - including young directors, composers, screenwriters, as well as actors - were named today by the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) in Cannes.
Edinburgh cyclists, outside the National Gallery, offer some quick tips on riding in the city, at the monthly Critical Mass ride on the last friday of May 2008.