Edinburgh Literary Spotlight

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 we are handing the ‘online mic’ to our literary creatives as part of Edinburgh Literature Spotlight.

Edinburgh Literature Spotlight will feature 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 will take the form of live videos on Instagram and Facebook, online interviews and Q&As via Zoom, captioned images, blog pieces, and much more.

New features will be released fortnightly on Thursdays on our social media channels and this section of the website, so be sure to stay tuned for advice, ideas, and inspiration.

If you are an Edinburgh creative in the literary sector and have tips you would like to share about working/living during lockdown, updates on interesting literary news, thoughts about the future of our literary community beyond this, email us at edinburgh@cityofliterature.com. Contributors will receive a fee of £75.

We are open to your ideas for how you would like to present your piece for the spotlight, but some ideas might include: a 20-minute live video on Instagram or Facebook discussing your current practice; a series of images with additional text charting a working day; a Q&A session with individuals from Edinburgh's literary community held via Zoom.

The Literary Loop

Edinburgh Literary Spotlight is 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 have also created:

- Edinburgh Literary Events Calendar: we will regularly be updating 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 (to come)

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.