Edinburgh: A City of Readers

Wednesday 20 November | 17:30-19:00

Edinburgh Workshop

Free (ticketed)

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If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the venue directly.

Natalie Lewis on +44 (0) 131 549 7131 or Sally Blackburn-Daniels on 07739 666 641.

Edinburgh is famous across the world for being a city of writers. Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark, Ian Rankin and J.K. Rowling, to name just a few, all lived and wrote here. But Edinburgh is also a city of readers. Join Dr Shafquat Towheed and Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels from The Open University to find out more about readers in Edinburgh, from the past and the present. There will be public readings (30 minutes), a hands-on, facilitated reading group activity (30 minutes) and the chance to contribute your own experiences of reading.

As part of this event, you will also be able to contribute your own experiences of reading in Edinburgh, whether you’re a resident or a visitor, via the READ-IT project’s public upload portal. So feel free to offer your thoughts about what you’ve read recently, or share your favourite image of reading with us – because after all, what are books without readers?

To join us for this free event, please follow the link and register to secure your place. All are welcome to attend; this event will be most suitable for ages 12+ and refreshments will be available.

Venue information

Blackwell’s Bookshop

53-62 South Bridge


The event will be held on the first floor and the event space has level access. There is also a lift. There is on-street parking in Infirmary Street, Chamber Street, Drummond Street and Roxburgh Place (paid until 6:30pm) and Blue Badge Holders can park on the single yellow line just outside Caffè Nero on Infirmary Street.

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