Umbrellas of Edinburgh

Poetry and prose inspired by Scotland's capital city

Edited by Claire Askew , Russell Jones

Format: Paperback

An anthology of over seventy poems and some short fiction inspired by iconic locations across Edinburgh.

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Freight Books is a new imprint focused on publishing high quality fiction for an English speaking readership. They are committed to publishing work by established writers, brilliant debuts, short story collections, forgotten classics, occasional novels-in-translation and, from time to time, poetry collections.

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Come on a journey. We begin at Blackness Castle, Edinburgh Airport, the Bridges in the far west, then on to Dean Village and the National Gallery of Modern Art in the West End, via Murrayfield, Tynecastle and the Diggers pub. Next to the Cafe Royal, South Bridge, Nicolson Square in
the centre, taking in the Scott Monument and Princes Street on the way. The Royal Mile and Cowgate make way for Morningside and the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill. These are just some of the unforgettable locations that inspire the poetry and occasional prose in Umbrellas of Edinburgh. 

Scotland's capital has always excited the literary mind; the narrow cobbled streets and ornate turrets a contradiction crying out to be explored and fashioned into metaphor. This is a landmark anthology containing the work of seventy writers including Ryan Van Winkle, JL Williams, Aonghas Macneacail, Gerda Stevenson, Pippa Goldschmidt, Hamish Whyte, Jane Goldman, Theresa Muñoz, Rob A Mackenzie, Colin Will, Richie McCaffrey, Sophie Cooke, Forward Prize-shortlisted Harry Giles and Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca; a selection that perfectly demonstrates the vitality of the Scottish literary scene. 

Taken as a guide book, giving a poets-eye-view of the capital and opening it up in ways not seen before, Umbrellas of Edinburgh is the perfect gift for visitors and long-time residents alike. 

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Freight Books
Publication Date 28 Oct 2016
ISBN 9781911332107
Number of Pages 224

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