City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Poetry and storytelling

Scottish Poetry Library Annual Fair

A celebration of artists’ books and small presses with stalls, displays, workshops and talks throughout the day. Drop in to browse, buy or listen.

Competition Seeks Poetry in the Science of Human Genome

Wordsmiths and poets are being encouraged to bring forth their rhyme, reason, and humanity for a poetry competition on the theme of genetic research, entitled "Improving the human".

Edinburgh Old Town Festival

High Street, Edinburgh in June

Community orientated festival that celebrates the history and heritage of the Edinburgh Old Town in storytelling, lectures, tours, music, exhibitions, and other events. The Edinburgh Old Festival has a theme each year. In 2010, it's ‘Lives and Legends’ with a focus on the past, present and future voices of the Edinburgh Old Town.


Holyrood Hills

Ecofusion is a new event taking place at Holyrood Park aimed at getting more people, particularly from minority groups, to experience Scotland's outdoors.

Voices Connect Across the Irish Sea at the Storytelling Centre

This March, a programme of events in Scotland, surrounding St. Patrick's Day, illustrate how these two great nations are moving in the oldest yet closest of friendships and explores how often there has been a reluctance to admit or engage this closeness, with both nations holding on to a complicated historical legacy and becoming intimate strangers, existing with their backs to each other and reluctant to forge new chapters.

Edinburgh University's St Andrew's Day Celebration

A celebration of Scotland's spoken and musical traditions. Free, but booking required via web site

Scottish Storytelling Centre Marks St Andrews Day

On Saturday 28th November, the Scottish Storytelling Centre has a special treat for all ages with a free, drop-in afternoon that brings all generations together in a celebration of yarns with Between the Generations: Sharing the Stories from 2pm to 4.30pm.  

This event brings together all aspects of storytelling and the afternoon will build bridges between the generations through storytelling, highlight basic storytelling skills and ensure that all participants have fun!

City Chambers Plaque To Recognise Edinburgh Makars

Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin

A new plaque recognising the contribution of Edinburgh's Makars, a local version of the poet laureate, is to be unveiled in the City Chambers, tomorrow morning. The plaque will be unveiled by the current Edinburgh makar, Ron Butlin, on his 60th birthday.