Edinburgh Literary Spotlight (On Hold)

by Rebecca Raeburn
Communications, Edinburgh
City of Literature Trust, 16 April 2020

Platforms for our literary community are more important than ever. That’s why during lockdown, we handed the ‘online mic’ to our literary creatives as part of Edinburgh Literature Spotlight.

Edinburgh Literature Spotlight featured commissioned pieces from creatives in the city's literary landscape, focusing particularly on how they are approaching their work and life during these new and uncertain times.

These pieces took the form of live videos on Instagram and Facebook, online interviews and Q&As via Zoom, captioned images, blog pieces, and much more.

The Literary Loop

Edinburgh Literary Spotlight was part of our Literary Loop, a programme of work to keep you connected to Edinburgh’s literary life during Covid-19, and whilst Scotland is in lockdown.

As part of this we also created:

- Edinburgh Literary Events Calendar: where we regularly updated our online Edinburgh Literary Calendar

- World Literature Wednesdays: interviews and behind-the-scenes online discussions with people from literary cities around the world who are part of our UNESCO City of Literature network

Further Support

For any enquiries or further information regarding the closure of literary businesses and organisations in the city, to the promotion of online events and activities, and our City of Literature network, please contact edinburgh@cityofliterature.com. You can follow us at @EdinCityofLit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

In the meantime, Creative Scotland has some useful links for artists, practitioners and organisations – including key funding and financial support information - on their website.

You can also find a list of free online content from the literature, languages and publishing sector on the Literature Alliance Scotland website.

For now, please stay safe and make sure you take the necessary steps to keep others protected during this difficult time.