City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Poetry and storytelling


Queen Amang the Heather: The Life of Belle Stewart in performance

Queen Amang the Heather

First Reading of a new play about the life of Belle Stewart, a cultural icon, and Scottish Traditional Traveller, feted throughout the world for her ballad singing.

Women's Health... Whose Wealth? Three Day mini-fest marks Thirtieth Anniversary

The first Scottish Women’s Health Fair in 1983 saw women coming together from across Scotland to explore alternative grassroots visions of women’s health and challenge the established m

Edwin Morgan International Poetry Festival Competition Winners

The winners of the fifth Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition were announced at a ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival at the weekend.

Tam O'Shanter Review

Tam O'Shanter: A scene.

As Tam struggles home after another big Saturday night of boozing, up in the morning early is a certain Rab Ruisseaux, ploughman and aspiring poet. He may be struggling for inspiration but the

Book Review: By Leaves Entwined

Can the political be poetical? Once in the day, Penguin Books responded with ‘The Penguin Book of Socialist Verse’, offering poems from all corners of the globe. 'By Leaves Entwined' is a poetry collection that is both personal and often political in its content.

July Folk Fest Fun at Scottish Storytelling Centre

July Folk Fest at Storytelling Centre

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” -- Philip Pullman

Renovated Assembly Rooms Providing New hub for Edinburgh’s Fringe

Assembly Rooms - front

A cold, wet evening in May (aye, May) is not the best atmosphere for being at the wrong venue for a launch.  My excuse? There was a hint somewhere in an email about seeing renovations and anyway, what do I know about building schedules? Answer: hee haw. We are so used in Edinburgh to the disruption of barriers closed streets and roads, that whether or not scaffolding has gone down is barely noted any more.  Luckily, I was in the Guides so used my initiative and soon came across some likely folk on the way to the launch in St Andrew Square.  (Note to self: always read the small print.)

Ash Dickinson Book Launch

After nearly two decades of writing, hundreds of shows and numerous prizes, Ash Dickinson's wildly inventive and eclectic debut collection, "Slinky Espadrilles", is being publis

Beltane Family Day

You've heard of the Beltane Fire Festival right? This is the little sister event. A family day on Calton Hill with workshops and a procession.