Edinburgh’s New Town
Saturday 12 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Edinburgh has inspired writers, poets and thinkers throughout the ages: from the great philosophers of the Enlightenment to gritty modern crime fiction. Listen to readings about Auld Reekie, learn about its influence on local authors and join in with a...
Journey Through the Literary Landscape
Saturday 12 August 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the...
Reaching the Heights
Saturday 12 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm
When a major city undergoes regeneration, there are always some cons among the obvious pros. In Disappearing Glasgow, artist and photographer Chris Leslie and Professor of Architecture Johnny Rodger present a joint project exploring how Glasgow’s...
Sunday 13 August 11:00am - 12:00pm
When Voltaire said, 'We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation' he was mainly thinking of Edinburgh. It may no longer be the intellectual hub of the western world, but as Sheila Szatkowski shows in Enlightenment Edinburgh, a guide to the...
Art of Midlothian
Sunday 13 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm
An hour of pure Edinburgh indulgence in the form of a personal journey exploring the city. For A Sketchbook of Edinburgh, Iain Fraser and Anne Fraser Sim, owners of the Elephant House café, have commissioned 150 works from four local artists to...
Resurrection of St Peter’s
Sunday 13 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm
In St Peter’s, Cardross, architectural historian Diane M Watters and Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of the Glasgow-based arts organisation NVA, tell the fascinating story of the short-lived (1966-79) Catholic seminary that has been called both the...
Monday 14 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Our Writing the City events continue with a fascinating conversation between novelist, commentator and psychogeographer Will Self and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Taking inspiration from Italo Calvino's...
Reimagining Future Cities
Monday 14 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Though written in 1933, the Charter of Athens still defines how and why cities are built. The Quito Papers is an ambitious global project, led by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen, which is rethinking the vision of how towns and cities are built in the...
Monday 14 August 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cities of Our Dreams
Tuesday 15 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Every city is a creative imagining, a utopian dream where, hopefully, we will live happily ever after. Ishbel McFarlane created Plan, an interactive game to get people thinking about the complexities of creating New Towns. Honor Gavin and Adam Kaasa’s...