Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
Welcome to our city built on books, brimming with writers and readers and home to the world's largest Book Festival. Edinburgh is the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, full of literary landmarks and an inspiration not only for world famous classic Scottish literature but also contemporary writers. The City of Literature Trust is here to support Edinburgh's literature, and to help you get involved with books, words, reading, poetry and storytelling.
We host a What's On guide for literary events. The Lost Book was part of the very popular One Book – One Edinburgh citywide reading campaign in 2009. These and all our projects follow our aims: to promote book culture in Edinburgh, to encourage involvement in Scotland’s literature and to develop literary partnerships around the world.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and one of Scotland’s foremost cultural ambassadors. Formed in 1974 with a commitment to serve the Scottish community, the Orchestra performs throughout Scotland, as well as around the UK and abroad.
The Orchestra also offers a unique programme of education projects for both children and adults, ranging from Scrapers and Tooters – a music-making weekend for amateur orchestral musicians – to projects with community groups and school pupils. Find out more about the Orchestra at www.sco.org.uk or sign up for the SCO e-newsletter for regular updates about concerts, events, recordings and broadcasts.
As part of The Lost Book project, the SCO commissioned three composers, Alexis Bennett, Blair Mowat and Michael Ferguson, to write the music for the web series. Players from the Orchestra recorded each episode's soundtrack, with eleven players involved across six episodes.
The Lost World Read 2009
The Lost World Read 2009 celebrated Arthur Conan Doyle's 150th birthday and Charles Darwin's bicentenary. It brought people across the UK together to read a classic adventure tale of a lost plateau, discovery and dinosaurs - The Lost World.
Edinburgh's campaign was led by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, Glasgow's by The Aye Write! festival and Bristol's by Bristol Reads' The Great Reading Adventure.
If you love books and have a sense of fun check out BookCrossing. We’re a booklovers’ community of some 700,000 members in over 130 countries.
Basically we share books. Either by leaving them out there – in the wild (urban or natural) – or by sending them to a specific person (what we call ‘controlled release’). Not your most precious books of course! But ones you’ve loved and really want to share and hear what others think of it. Or a second copy, or one you probably won’t read again. Even ones you don’t like! Because others might.
Simply BookCross them! Join BookCrossing and follow the three ‘R’s: Read, Register and Release.