Edinburgh lights up with literature for Christmas
29 November 2016
An illuminated trail of 20 quotations which celebrate
Edinburgh's outstanding print and publishing heritage launches
tonight on the Royal Mile. The project - Canongate Stars
and Stories - is led by the City of Literature Trust and
sees 20 lightboxes, ranging from 30 inches to 6ft, featuring quotes
and phrases drawn from famous books and writers from across the
ages go on display in the windows of businesses along the Old
Town's Canongate area from John Knox House to Dynamic Earth.
The quotes and phrases include:
- Reid as ye pleifs, I neid no moir narration - by George
Bannatyne (Scottish Storytelling Centre)
- To the stars - Sir Walter Scott (Museum of Edinburgh)
- Beer, biscuits and books - traditional phrase (The People's
Running until the end of March 2017, this new literary
attraction provides a physical trail and printed map guiding
visitors and locals through the rich and varied stories of the
Canongate. Covering 500 years and marking Edinburgh's role as the
historical hub for print and publishing in Scotland, the trail
takes the visitor from 1508 and the first book printed in Scotland
up to the modern day with authors Yann Martel and Jackie Kay.
Those in Edinburgh can download a special Canongate Stars and
Stories digital trail which has been made available in the Edinburgh World Heritage iPhone app, and
visitors can tweet their pictures and experience using the #wordsonthestreet. The City of Literature website tells the full
story of each location and the rich and fascinating history of each
of the lightbox quotations.
The Canongate Stars and Stories project is a collaboration
between local businesses, literary organisations and community
groups. It has been funded by the City of Edinburgh Council,
the New Waverley Community Fund, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and
Union Projects, and is delivered in partnership with Jump Marketing
and Baillie Signs.
The illuminated trail is the next stage in a series of projects
forming the Words on the Street campaign from the City of
Literature Trust which make literature visible on the streets of
the world's first UNESCO City of Literature. Inspired by previous
City of Literature projects including poetry projections on
Edinburgh Castle rock for Carry a Poem in 2012 and the Great Scott!
installation in Waverley station in 2014, Words on the Street
launched with the Terry Gilliam Don Quixote light installation on
Jeffrey Street on Valentine's Day and continued with an 11-day
series of international poetry projections in Leith in March.