World Literature Wednesdays

by Rebecca Raeburn
Communications, Edinburgh
City of Literature Trust

28 April 2020

With our international City of Literature Network working hard across the world through these difficult times, we created World Literature Wednesdays as a space for us to share and discuss all of the fantastic stuff going on.

World Literature Wednesdays highlighted the work taking place in our UNESCO City of Literature Network, drawing attention to how they are coping with the current situation across the globe, sharing best practice, and how this connects us as a global community of creatives.

This activity included:

- Online conversations and interviews with representatives from our City of Literature Network

- Recorded and live videos from members of our Network looking at creative practices, events, and literary happenings

- 'City in conversation’ pieces where writers and creatives from different cities interact/respond to one another – a metaphorical chain between our creative cities, showing how we are linked together during this time (and outside of it)

A full list of of the Cities of Literature across the globe can be found on the UNESCO website.

The Literary Loop

World Literature Wednesdays 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

- Edinburgh Spotlight: where we regularly showcased the amazing people and organisations in Edinburgh who make us a UNESCO City of Literature (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 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.