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Looking back at a semester of literature

Each year, the autumn months take the ready-rich tapestry that is Edinburgh’s literary scene and take it to new heights. The last four months have been an unrelentingly busy time indeed. Let’s start with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which celebrated its 31st year this October on the theme Beyond Words. This two-week event showcases […]

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Exploring Edinburgh’s Bookshops: Lighthouse, a space for all your radical needs

You don’t even have to enter Lighthouse Bookshop to guess at its political leanings. A sign by the door declares that the shop is an “activist, intersectional, feminist, antiracist, LGBTQ community space”. The scattering of books in the windows cover topics from feminism to immigration to witchcraft (personally, I was most intrigued by a book […]

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In conversation with Eris Young, writer-in-residence at Lighthouse Books

Eris Young is a writer, bookseller, events programmer, book reviewer, and all-round bookish person who has just released their first solo book, They/Them/Their: A Guide to Nonbinary & Genderqueer Identities. Eris moved from California to Edinburgh to study for a Masters in Linguistics and, after seeing how ‘active and diverse the writing community in Edinburgh […]

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‘Language is given a violent potential’: The Unquiet, read by L. Kiew

The debut poetry pamphlet  by L. Kiew, The Unquiet, is a unique collection from a writer of great promise, whose connection with this city goes back to her Creative Writing Masters degree at the university. In a reading at Lighthouse Bookshop, this English-boarding-school-educated Chinese-Malay poet invites us into a world of violent linguistic confusion and identity crisis. Perhaps […]